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Meet the Earthship

7 minutes

The case for making our homes out of trash – tradition and culture be damned

Built in and around the town of Taos in New Mexico, the oddball collection of off-the-grid houses known as ‘Earthships’, made from natural and recycled materials, might at first glance look like a gimmick aimed at idealistic hippies or survivalists prepping for doomsday. However, Michael Reynolds, the inventor of these unusual homes, emphases their liveability and practicality, believing that people will choose to live sustainably only when they see it as a viable, cost-effective alternative. Finding inspiration in the ‘Beer Can House’ in Houston, Texas, completed in 1972, Reynolds started building his own structures from recycled materials shortly after. Today, Taos’s ‘Greater World Earthship Community’ features about 65 completed Earthships, each harnessing sunlight for heat as well as sewage and greywater for plant fertiliser. An offshoot of The Adaptors podcast series, Meet the Earthship is an intriguing look at the possibilities of living just outside the norms of tradition and culture.

Director: Flora Lichtman, Katherine Wells

Website: Sweet Fern Productions

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Knowledge

Teaching philosophy at school isn’t just good pedagogy – it helps to safeguard society

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Making

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock