Earthship buildings described on the website as:
“The aardehuizen in Olst were inspired by Earthships of architect Michael Reynolds. The first Earthships date back to the ‘70s and have been tested thoroughly by use. Discarded materials and local building materials determine the buildings. An earthship is designed for off-grid living.
Architect Michel Post of Orio Architecten has modified the design to meet Dutch conditions. (rains, temperature through the year and soil).
12 of the buildings have tire walls – filled with rammed earth – supporting the roof. The other 11 buildings are built with straw walls with a wood frame supporting the roof. The roofs are slanted 9º to catch a maximum of sun in winter and very little sun in summer.”
Links to the life and times of Albert Bates, American author, long time communard at the Farm Eco-village, and permaculture ambassador. The article intros states: “We are in a crisis in the evolution of human society. It’s unique to both human and geologic history. It has never happened before and it can’t possibly happen again. Albert Bates, author of ‘The Financial Collapse Survival Guide and Cookbook’, brings you along on his personal journey.”
Lots of Hub links too.
USA-based, but worldwide info on artist (in the wide sense of the word) residency programmes.
The site states: “Your one-stop guide to residencies for visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars, filmmakers, community artists, architects, and more – around the world and in your backyard. Hundreds of residencies, endless possibilities!”
Russian arts community. They describe it as:
“ ‘Guslitsa’ – creative community of a new type, which brings together representatives of creative professions – architects, musicians, artists, curators, directors, actors, producers, journalists and others.
As a project, ‘Guslitsa’ – a community, art institutions and cultural and educational tourist center. The goal – to create an environment of communication for the revival of culture of the region by involving local people in cultural international processes. Creative Estate ‘Guslitsa’ is also the seat of the International Art and implementing a number of programs in the field of art. The estate is situated in a picturesque location surrounded by pine forests, rivers and lakes. On the territory of the estate Creative practiced conventional international laws of ecology.”
Links to their main website, which offers lots of info about their community and guest opportunities.
Interesting article about Bhutan’s agricultural goal: “In 2011, the tiny mountain nation of Bhutan announced a lofty goal: make the country’s agricultural system 100 percent organic by the year 2020. If it succeeded, it would be the first country in the world to achieve the feat.”
Here’s a link to a Reuter’s article and to a video.
Camphill communities. They provide opportunities for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs to live, learn and work together with others in an atmosphere of mutual respect and equality.
There are more than 100 Camphill communities in over 20 countries in Europe, North America, southern Africa and India.
An artistic, eco project 63 km outside Lima in Peru that features some ‘amazing spaces’. It is a major tourist attraction as well as being a ‘community’.
They state that:
“We live under the principle of non-violence, simple living and high thinking, and visitors can learn and experience as is possible to live happily and in harmony with nature, with others and with yourself. We look basically open-minded people with a desire to practice tolerance, compassion and patience.”
The video describes it as a ‘Krishna Village’.