A Phenomenological Inquiry of Building and Living in European Earthship Homes
|Booth, C., Rasheed, S., Mahamadu, A., Horry, R., Abbey, S., Manu, P., Awuah, K. A. B., Aboagye-Nimo, E., Georgakis, P. and Prabhakaran, A.
Earthships remain a relatively underexplored type of sustainable/alternative home. This is the first study to investigate the personal experiences of constructing and living in European Earthship homes. The aim of this study is to reveal insights into the ‘hands-on’ practical experience of persons who have constructed their own Earthship homes and to gather insights into the collective experience of these dwellers on the realities of living full time in an Earthship home. A phenomenological methodology, using an inductive research approach, was utilised through a qualitative research strategy to solicit insights into the personal experiences of these unique persons. The main themes and sub-themes that emerge from the analysis are that anyone from any background can make the shift to building/living in an Earthship home. However, a mixed skill set and knowledge of building trades, plus physical and emotional prowess, are needed for the long-haul build process, which, together with access to financial means and/or available materials, are critical factors that influence the outcome of the Earthship building. Meanwhile, once constructed, off-grid living in an Earthship home gives dwellers a greater connectivity with the natural world, raises awareness of consumerism and leads to enhanced appreciation of human impacts.
|Earthships ; sustainable/alternative homes; natural world; consumerism ; human impact
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|23 Nov 2023
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