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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While existing pumps in the region raised and lowered a heavy piston in a pipe, the Gaviotas engineers created pumps that leave the piston in place and instead lift and lower a cheap, light PVC sleeve around the piston Weisman This is the community website – http: Sep 12, Laurel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This book helped me to develop my plan for what I want to do with my life and the legacy I’d like to leave.

Ever wonder how hydroponic growing was discovered? A research station in a columbian savana named Gaviotas is meant to figure out how to live sustainably in what are to be considered uninhabitable locations whilst not destroying the ecosystem. The following links provide some additional information about the village and mission – 1 About Gaviotas in Colombia https: Tells the story of the experimental community in Colombia named Gaviotas, a model for Third World sustainable development.

This book just didn’t do it for me. Very good reads, as it were. Apr 18, Tommy Estlund rated it really liked it. A Village to Reinvent the World, 2nd Edition. The book portrays a well nigh impossible scene there: No trivia or quizzes yet. Sep 28, Kevin Fanning rated it really liked it. Since already-existing solutions are often very costly to adapt, Gaviotas’ innovations are often simple changes to a means of production that make otherwise expensive products available at affordable prices.

Paolo Laguri decides that starting a settlement in the desolate savannah of Columbia is the answer to the problem of overpopulated cities. Though written in a circular and sometimes confusing style and with a plethora of characters that are only sometimes introduced this is a powerful and important story of the way a group of Colombians built and alternative sustainable community on the savannah surrounded by political unrest and indiscriminate violence.


Reviewed April 15, Joe Collins. Technology for alternative energy has been available for decades! And once the house is dismantled, what do we build instead? While the village is largely self-sufficient, it regularly uses diesel fuel during certain seasons. 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.

In the arid plains of eastern Columbia lies the tiny village of Gaviotas, cut off from the reinfent by exceedingly unforgiving jungles, which also happen to be occupied by a bewildering variety of violent guerillas NOT gorillas. The kind of book that you have to pass along to someone else.

The Gaviotas village is noted for the planting of over 1. Should be mandatory reading for all sectors of society. This book brings you step by step how these amzaing inventions were thought of and built by a village working together for everyone’s benefit.

Rebuilding I am glad I overlooked the poor vilage style and loose ends and read the entire book because the story is fascinating and instructive.

It’s written in a personal, light and deceptively easy style by Alan Weisman who included this A fine environmental success story: Check out what they’ve been up to since they almost succeeded implementing their solar powered everything into Columbia’s plan for energy but they failed cause the country’s political climate got even heavier at that exact same time than the past decades of guerilla and faction warfare.

And for that lack of imagination, I mourn right now.

Nov 25, Gregory Tkac rated it it was amazing. It was given to me by an old friend, and when I was done I sent my copy to Leslie Harpold. Their research has sparked a revolution in environmental thinking and planning. Books By Alan Weisman. Jul 18, Mareana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Aug 14, Ross rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 14, Annie rated it gillage liked it.


Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World

As a result of the shade these trees provide and the tropical climate of the area, the groundcover began hosting tropical rainforest species which are native to the region. Th Real people doing real work to solve real problems – we should all be as ballsy and inspired vlllage our precious time here.

Jan 10, Nathan Uhlhorn rated it it was amazing. See this thread for more information.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Aug 22, Carl Williams rated it liked it Shelves: It’s almost like reading historical fiction This book lays out how energy independence is possible, how the ingenuity of a few bright and curious minds allowed to dream can change the world, and how crushing blows and political nightmares cannot crush the human spirit at its best. Head to the checkout Empty my basket and order this item instead.

Books by Alan Weisman. It’s what made for their great success. Booklist Review A true, hope-inspiring utopia for the next millennium, Gaviotas is a completely self-sufficient community in the middle of the roughest terrain in the Colombian savanna. I am glad I overlooked the poor writing style and loose ends and read the entire book because the story is fascinating and instructive. What I got out of this reading most happens at the end of the story.

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