Gallery: Earthquake Resistant Tire Earthships for Haiti Disaster Relief

Haiti is still in a world of hurt, especially with regards to a lack of safe and earthquake resistant housing. Michael Reynolds, an architect from Taos, New Mexico specializing in building earthships, recently traveled to Haiti with a crew in hopes of doing a little reconnaissance. In the end they did more than just check out the lay of the land - they built a home in four days out of discarded materials that just happened to be laying around. Reynolds has plans to build whole villages of earthship homes that are completely water and energy self-sufficient for the area.

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  1. Nakita Joubert April 18, 2013 at 7:52 am

    why do I have to pay so much for the plans for a Earthship, if it’s made from recycle material!

  2. Earthship Biotecture March 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    New Video: Haiti Earthship Project overview.

  3. ecowarriorwithahead March 6, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Hey guys- i agree it does look resourceful BUT it does not look earthquake proof. These structures need to be reinforced with i hate to say it…some non eco materials to prevent this structure from collapsing in a magnatude 7 earthquake- the UN call for say ‘BUILD BACK BETTER’. And this means in order to prevent deaths these buildings need to be safe- its all well and good to be green but if it is going to collapse and kill the inhabitants – it is not better for the people. And this is a proto type? Where is it located? looks like a compound away from the people- I hope in the very least- if it is actually safe- a local family gets to test it out- otherwise what it is the point?

  4. rdustinwind July 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm


  5. good and green radio July 25, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Hey all Inhabitat folks – You MUST put the EB Block on your radar – the most exciting sustainable & humanitarian concept I’ve seen in a long, long time: Environmental Building Blocks
    A container made from recycled food-grade plastic that transports food & water for disaster relief, then can be used to build structures or as conduit to move water. AND!!! When filters are fitted to the ‘connectors’ on the Building Blocks, non-potable water can be filtered through the block walls, and becomes potable. The EB Block is a structurally sound ICF concept, and is suitable for building in earthquake prone areas with addition of rebar in the pre-located places designed into the blocks. This method of construction is excellent in areas prone to hurricanes and flooding. Another great thing about ICF construction, is that the buildings can be aesthetically appealing, too, with multiple options for siding to integrate into the environment wherever the structure may be. We all need to look at Sustainable Design from a totally holistic point of view, and integrating the humanitarian piece is important. I hope you all get as excited about the EB Block as I am!

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