A phenomenological inquiry of building and living in European Earthship homes
AuthorsBooth, Colin A.
Gyau Baffour Awuah, Kwasi
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AbstractEarthships remain a relatively under explored 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 also 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 analysis are that anyone from any background can make the shift to building/living in an Earthship-home. However, a mixed skillset and knowledge of building trades, plus a physical and emotional prowess is needed for the long-haul build process, 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 an enhanced appreciation of human impacts.
CitationBooth, C.A., Rasheed, S., Mahamadu, A-M. et al. (2023) A phenomenological inquiry of building and living in European Earthship homes. Infrastructure Asset Management. https://doi.org/10.1680/jinam.23.00028
JournalInfrastructure Asset Management
DescriptionThis is an author's accepted manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Infrastructure Asset Management on 23/11/2023, available online: https://doi.org/10.1680/jinam.23.00028 The accepted manuscript may differ from the final published version.
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