“Earthships” Set to Make Philly Landing Later This Year

Despite the fact that concrete and blacktop compose the skeleton of our city, Philadelphia is making huge progress in becoming an eco-friendly, urban area.

We were just listed as one of the World’s 10 Best Cities for Parks and we’re also home to the LEED Certified Barnes Foundation. Now, Philadelphia’s claim to sustainability fame is providing a landing zone for architecture pioneer Michael Reynolds’ Earthships.

No, the alien invasion is not upon us (yet), but Reynolds’ Earthships should be soon.

The Earthships, which are said to look like spaceships, are entirely composed of natural and commonly-recycled materials, such as glass bottles, aluminum cans and tires. (You hear that, tire slashers?)

The structures are marketed as residential units and are totally self-sufficient, having no utility costs. Inhabitants are completely off the grid, but they’re also out of supermarket lines, as every Earthship comes equipped with food-growing functionality built into the structure.

Landing zones for the Earthships can be found all over the globe, including Haiti, Portugal, Spain, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden and Africa. While there’s no exact date given, Philadelphia can probably expect its first Earthship to arrive sometime later this year.

If you’re interested in learning more about Reynolds’ earthbound, alien structures, the Penn Museum is hosting a three-day seminar about the Earthships. Reynolds himself will be present April 6-8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more information on the event.

Source: Uwishunu

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