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.
The community center in Malawi will look very similar to this Waldorf school in Sierra Leone
Designed to mimic a flower, the earthship is comprised of eight "petals"
Earth ships are optimized for thermal cooling, rainwater capture and innovative waste water management.
Earth ships are build with both natural and recycled materials
This diagram demonstrates how a typical earth ship is able to function off-grid
The community center in Malawi will be designed to mimic the flower, but only two of the rooms will be completed by Empower Malawi and Earthship Biotecture. The community will be trained to take care of the rest.