Earthship Biotecture built a beautiful Waldorf school out of earth and garbage in Sierra Leone, and now the group has partnered with Empower Malawi to build a sustainable community hub for 38 villages in Malawi. Founded by Michael Reynolds, the group aims to build two of eight rooms for a project that mimics a flower and incorporates solar energy, greenhouse technology, thermal cooling and a host of other off-grid solutions. Their goal is to ensure the local community has the necessary skills to build the rest of the center when the first two rooms are complete.
Earthship architecture not only incorporates natural materials to build off-grid homes and other structures, but also relies on waste materials such as plastic bottles, disused rubber tires, glass and a host of other materials. For the project in Malawi, which has the ultimate aim of creating a self-sufficient hub that provides educational, health and other community services for the 38 villages in the Kapita region that currently has none of these services, the group have planned a center shaped like a flower.
Optimized for thermal cooling, rainwater capture and innovative waste-management, the center will belong entirely to the people of Mzimba, Malawi, who will be invited to help with the construction process. Earthship Biotecture and Empower Malawi have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $13,000 for the project. The first two rooms should be completed within 10 days of breaking ground, with 50 volunteers on board to help, and the remaining six rooms will be up to community.
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