Unconventional Dwellings: Are there sustainable options for challenged communities?
Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)
Philadelphia, United States
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Program
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Book signing and networking reception with light refreshments and cash bar (no credit cards accepted.)
This event is free and open to the public.
Please join us to learn about a wide range of alternatives to traditional housing that may help address environmental and economic challenges in the future. With global population on the rise and the climate changing rapidly, housing challenges will only continue to grow. There will be ever-greater needs for imaginative, sustainable, cost-effective and easily constructed dwellings. We also need to look at cost-effective retrofits for the types of existing housing stock we have in Philadelphia.
Earthships, homes that are made of natural and recycled materials and that are designed to take advantage of solar energy, are one example of unconventional dwellings. These homes could help solve housing problems in challenged communities by providing very affordable, disaster-resistant, sustainable shelter. They get electricity from sun and wind; water from rain and snow; are heated and cooled by the sun and the earth, have on-site sewage treatment, and offer places to grow food.
Bridgette Meinhold, a writer and artist based in in Park City, Utah, is the Architecture Editor for Inhabitat where she writes about green design, architecture and sustainability. Meinhold has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from San Diego State University and a MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and has worked to help companies move towards greater sustainability in their business practices. Meinhold has written for a number of online and printed publications and also shares her inspiration and her artwork through her own blog at bridgettemeinhold.com. Her book Urgent Architecture: 40 Sustainable Housing Solutions for a Changing World was published in March 2013 by W.W. Norton.
Jonah Reynolds is a world-renowned Earthship builder and educator. Jonah has presented the Earthship design to city government officials, environmental organizations and at educational facilities all over the country and around the world. He teaches at The Phoenix Earthship in New Mexico, a learning academy and visitors’ center at the Sustainable Solutions headquarters. The Earthship Academy is the only fully-sustainable off-grid school in the world that teaches sustainable design. With over 30 years of experience in building and design, Jonah has a unique expertise in the green community.
On Friday, May 24, attend a related screening of the film Garbage Warrior at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia (1906 South Rittenhouse Square, 215-735-3456). Attendees of the Academy’s Unconventional Dwellings event receive free admission.