Monday, 20 August 2007
Edinburgh International Film Festival - Garbage Warrior
Garbage Warrior is a documentary focussing on the architect Michael Reynolds. Based in New Mexico, Reynolds makes houses our of old tyres or plastic bottles embedded in cement made from soil. The results are spectacular - the houses collect rainwater, do not require heating or air conditioning and are aesthetically interesting and often beautiful - for example the bottles in some of the walls are left uncovered to create stained glass type effects. The film follows Mike and his crew in their work in New Mexico, dogged by officialdom and their work helping to reconstruct communities in the Andaman islands after the tsunami and in Mexico after Hurrican Rita. This is inspiring architecture and offers a great deal of thought for sustainable living. (All carbon produced during the making of the film was offset and most of the trucks used were run on used cooking oil).