Wednesday, October 15 2008 @ 03:00 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
On Thursday, November 6, the Neighborhood Design Center, in conjunction with the American Visionary Art Museum, is proud to present eco-architect Michael Reynolds, who will talk about his work over the past forty years to build self-sufficient, off-the-grid houses and communities. The talk kicks-off NDC's 40th Anniversary celebration, which includes a Gala party after - featuring a silent auction and music by Groove Mammals.
Michael Reynolds has been challenging the status quo with his experimental approach to building ever since he graduated from Architecture School in 1968. One of his earliest efforts - a house made from beer can bricks - so upset the national bricklayers' union that it forced him to halt construction. Undaunted, Mr. Reynolds went on to develop the concept of the "Earthship": an off the-grid solar-powered home built from used car tires, which recycles rainwater and sewage and costs next to nothing to run.
Mr. Reynolds will discuss the principles behind "Earthship Biotecture", the opportunities and challenges he has faced over the years to create his structures, and the relevance that his approach has for helping poor and underserved communities in the United States and abroad. To learn more about Michael Reynolds and his "Earthships" visit <a href="http://www.earthship.net
When: November 6, 5:30pm - 7pm
Where: James Rouse Visionary Center at the American Vsionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230.
Tickets: $15 Talk only; $40 Gala Party (7pm-10pm); and $50 for both (a savings of $5). You can purchase tickets at <a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/event/181983317
; or visit <a href="http://www.ndc-md.org
; for more information about the Gala.