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Florian Becquereau – Founder of Earthship Seattle

Windship Interview Series: Part Four

Florian Becquereau, 34, Seattle, WA, USA

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Florian Becquereau | Photo by Jon Gosch

What is your goal for Earthship Seattle in the next couple years?

To bring more awareness to Seattle. Just spreading the word about Earthships because 99% of the population doesn’t know anything about Earthships. They don’t know they exist. But then when people learn about it, most of them, at least nine out of ten, think that it’s really cool. That it looks great, or is good for the environment, or it’s good for them. They really like it. They’re like, ‘it makes so much sense’.

Also, the goal is to build an Earthship in Seattle. To have a demonstration Earthship that would be used as a visitor center in Seattle in a permanent place. The way I see it, the city would own it. People from the city could visit it for free and people from the outside could pay five or ten bucks to go inside and experience what it is to be inside an Earthship, learn about it, see some educational materials inside, etc.

Lastly, it would be great to see sustainable communities emerge like eco-villages that are totally sustainable.

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Hui-Chien and Josh – Windship Volunteers

Windship Interview Series: Part Three

Josh Semick, 35, New Jersey, USA

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Josh Semick | Photo by Federica Miglio

Why did you decide to come here?

Josh Semick:

A couple reasons. First, my wife and I were interested in Earthships. We were turned on by a friend back home. We went up to Ithaca and saw one of them that was built up there. We were actually looking at building one ourselves at some point so we wanted to come out and learn more about the concepts and learn how to build them and just meet the people that are Earthship.

And then at the same time we wanted to come out to the Philippines and help out. Tacloban got hit and we wanted to contribute in our own little way. Also, my wife’s family is out here so it was a kill a bunch of birds with one stone type of thing.

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Leo, Olav and Zoe – Windship Volunteers

Windship Interview Series: Part Two

Leo Bienkowski-Gibbs, 30, Victoria, Canada

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Leo Bienkowski-Gibbs | Photo by Federica Miglio

What is it you think we accomplished here?

We moved around a lot of dirt and materials. (Laughing) One of the things we did is get a lot of people stoked.

What do you think the effect has been on the volunteers?

I won’t name names but one guy said this was the most profound experience of his life. And he’s had a very rich life. It shows what people can do when they’re committed to a certain project around certain values. You can actually accomplish an amazing amount. When we showed up here it was just flat grass, and now we have something that almost looks like a castle. You could probably throw hand grenades at that thing and it would still be standing.

Why were you drawn to Earthships in the first place?

Because I want to be free. I don’t want to work forty years for a leaky house that takes monthly bills. That’s just modern slavery to me.

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Michael Reynolds – Creator of Earthship Biotecture

Windship Interview Series: Part One

Michael Reynolds:

Earthship Biotecture is sort of like a virus. It starts growing a little bit in some place. It may be squelched due to codes and regulations but it comes right back. It’s kind of happening everywhere. We’re all over the world all the time now. I’m going from here to Alberta and then to Easter Island. It’s everywhere.

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Michael Reynolds | Photo by Federica Miglio

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The Philippines by Windship: Intro to Interview Series

On November 8th, 2013, the people of the Philippines were struck by the most powerful tropical cyclone to ever hit land. Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda as the locals call it, ripped through the Eastern Visayas Islands, destroying or damaging nearly every standing structure in some areas as the wind pulled a typical house apart piece by piece. In the village of Batug, a sleepy community subsisting on the local coconut industry, most people’s homes were simply blown into the jungle.

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Installing The Birdcage | Photo by Federica Miglio

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