This is a small montage of one couple's dream to build an Earthship in the Finger Lakes region of New York. From January to July 2012, along with volunteer crew of family, friends, students, and sometimes complete strangers, they performed a tremendous amount of physical labor to excavate the site, build a 9-course high rear wall of earth-rammed tires, collect aluminum cans and bottles for interior and decorative walls, organize building materials and otherwise prepare the site for arrival of 50 Earthship Biotecture crew and apprentices in August 2012. The structure went from tirewall to fully enclosed shell with cistern-fed plumbing, operational planter cells, and off-the-grid battery-bank solar system in approximately 3 weeks.

Check out their ongoing progress here :

Originally edited for the memory banks 2012 weekend challenge on Vimeo.

MUSIC - "La danza delle fate" by Parallel Dream (

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