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Gaviotas is a community in Colombia that exhibits, in many respects, what sustainability might look like. Over the past 30 years, a team led by. Gaviotas has ratings and 89 reviews. Karen said: This reminds me of Audre Lorde’s quote, The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. Gaviotas is a village in Colombia, South America. of Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World with an afterword by author Alan Weisman about how Gaviotas.

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Entrepreneurs all throughout the world today are seeking to retrofit our bulky, inefficient city infrastructures to create sustainable communities. Over the next few decades, ‘Gaviotas’ became the largest tropical reforestation project in the world and a hot bed of ‘appropriate technology’, years b Entrepreneurs all throughout the world today are seeking to retrofit our bulky, inefficient city infrastructures to create sustainable communities.

This book just didn’t do it for me. This is a must-read for anyone who’s ever seen the waste in their own community and thought we could do better. Apr 06, Samantha Brooks rated it it was amazing.

Jan 23, George rated it it was amazing. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

I checked this out of the library but just went ahead and bought a copy to keep at hand for times when inspiration is needed. He found a symbol of hope and triumph amidst a perilous world, and kept returning to chronicle its reinent.

He lives in western Massachusetts. I started reading “The World Without Us” and realized that it’s by the same author as this book, which I read years ago. When leading solar hot water panel manufacturers explained the expenses and complicated manufacture of panels efficient enough to collect sunlight in the often overcast weather of the llanos, the Gaviotas engineers crafted homemade solar water-heating panels out of cheap building materials that were better suited to the peculiar climate of the region.


Page after page is loaded with the innovations of the thinkers and doers of Gaviotas, and author Weisman divides the book into three categories: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It’s intere This reminds reeinvent of Audre Lorde’s quote, “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house. While some of their creative endeavors have not succeeded, even the failures tend relnvent spawn ideas for future successes. Chelsea Green Publishing Pub.

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Nothing shows this more than when the Colombian presidential canidate shows up and says “hey when I become president I want your solar panels on our building. Nov 14, Annie rated it really liked it.

Gaviotas is sustainable, practical, and features prominently in all sorts of UN Development Programme literature whilst Burning Man is an elaborate way for hippies in the richest country on earth to congregate, take drugs, and feel self-satisfied.

And once the house is dismantled, what do we build instead? Some how all these good earth vibes and creativity created a peaceful human environment as well. Gaviotas is largely apolitical, a strategy which has allowed it to grow amidst the cocaine growers, paramilitary and insurgent guerrilla groups, and military troops present in the llanos.

Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World

The problem isn’t that there isn’t cheap renewable energy but that no one knows about it. Nov 25, Gregory Tkac rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jul 18, Mareana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: September 3, ISBN: Relive their story with this special 10th-anniversary edition of Gaviotascomplete with a new afterword by the author describing how Gaviotas has survived and progressed over the past decade.


It’s a really amazing story.

It was founded in by Paolo Lugari who assembled a group of engineers and scientists in an attempt to create a mode of sustainable living in one of the least hospitable political and geographical climates in South America. See this thread for more information.

Too long winded, too many people appearing and disappearing for me to feel a real bond to them or the community that they were part of. The Gaviotas village is noted for the planting of over 1. I wonder whatever happened to it. Such an amazing book The United States Border with Mexico.

Gaviotas : a village to reinvent the world

Surrounded by an austere environment, this topia survived the ebs and flows of political climate changes, the intense guerilla reibvent narcotraficantes that have engulfed their nation, and has become a beacon that the world would do well to pay attention to! He lives in Sonoita, Arizona. Ina group of Colombians set out to prove that people could survive and thrive in a barren environment – in this case, the barren eastern savanna of their country.