Michael Reynolds is an architect for our future. As we become more attuned to what needs doing to get our planet back in shape, we begin to unearth tech that has been here all along. There are literally oceans of landfilled tires all around the globe crying for someone to come up with something to do with them. Scrooge McDuck refuses to swim in them so Mr. Reynolds has found a way to put them to use...
Earthships are houses built from tires that have been pounded full of dirt and stacked up to create walls. This is a big deal because most earthship builders are also the owners. That is how easy they are to build. You could, of course, have someone else build one for you and the organization has massive resources to enable that, but the point is to bring the creation of your home... back home.
Bottles, tires, reclaimed wood, solar, wind, low impact, greywater use, indoor gardening, off-grid living... if you thumb through the internets, these words will always take you to earthship.net. Built out of the ground to maintain an even temperature, these are homes meant to take us to true sustainability. While the majority of the houses have been built in the high desert (They "started" the project in New Mexico), they are adaptable to all conditions, climates, aesthetics, and electrical needs.
A concept that was initiated decades ago, the world is as ready for it as it is for the world. Check out their site for more info.