We launched this project in February of 2018 in response to the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Our approach has been to team up with locals and off-islanders to create an example of autonomous architecture which provides security and self reliance. The building will serve as a community center focused on the education of sustainable practices as well as a community haven in the event of another natural disaster. The five domed spaces will serve as a library, music studio, AV room, classroom and an office.

All Earthships embody six basic design principles. The buildings harvest rainwater, utilize solar electricity, are constructed using repurposed materials, heat and cool passively, contain all sewage, and provide food. This provides independence from often unreliable corporate and government entities.

The four phases of the project thus far have been funded by hundreds of small donations for materials and countless hours of donated labor. We have built trust with many local families and, of course, Noemi and Carlos of the Apiario. We are building a trained crew of locals and pursuing future community based projects on the island.

STAGE 1 is finished, stage 2, 3, 4 and 5 completed…

On February 1, 2018, Michael Reynolds and Phil Basehart led the Earthship Army to Aguada, Puerto Rico for the first stage of an ongoing project. 

The goal is to offer an example of autonomous and hurricane-resistant architecture to help create a more self-reliant and resilient future in Puerto Rico.
The buildings will be used as school and community centre which will promote all aspects of sustainable living and resistance to natural disaster.

You can watch many videos of Stage 1, 2 and 3 on our YouTube channel or on BPE website.

Please help us develop a self-sustainable Puerto Rico, where its residents can feel safe in hurricane resistant homes that provide power, water and food. 

Please donate, share or refer our project to those individuals or organizations who can help us raise funds! 

THANK YOU! :)

About Biotecture Planet Earth:

Biotecture Planet Earth is a registered non-profit organization formed with the goal of expanding the use of affordable, resilient and sustainable buildings around the world while educating the public about the architecture, construction and functionality of these buildings. Biotecture Planet Earth’s mission statement is: Building stronger, more resilient and economic structures in a place where natural disasters are likely to strike again, and to give people the power and education to help themselves and the ability to help others. Biotecture Planet Earth is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions to Biotecture Planet Earth are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.