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  • Cordwood Construction - An In-depth Conversation

    Wed. Oct. 19, 7:00-8:30pm, 4804 B Grover Ave. (Earth Day Austin HQ)         This month artisan/artist/designer/builder Rick Nation will lead an in-depth conversation on building with cordwood. One of many natural building techniques suitable for Central TX, cordwood construction uses short lengths of debarked trees or limbs laid crosswise with masonry or cob mixtures to build walls. This resource-efficient technique is particularly suited to our local, abundant juniper (“cedar”), making use of a durable species that is often considered a waste wood.
  • Earth Ovens: Cooking Workshop

    Our Cob Oven Cooking Workshop with Kat Heitman was a huge success! We learned about building a cob oven, best fire-starting practices, and cooking and baking at different temperatures. We prepared food together, shared recipes, and indulged in a decadent array of edibles. Thank you to our wonderful participants, instructors and assistants. Stay tuned for more exciting workshops headed your way!
  • straw bale presentation - now on video!

    We had the opportunity to video record our July monthly presentation on Straw Bale Construction featuring our enthusiastic friend and local natural building expert Kindra Welch. Stay tuned for more information on how to view this and future presentations via our website. We are eager to share it all with you!
  • Let's empower the next generation with natural know-how!

    Design Build Live wants the next generation to have what we didn't: know-how. Start young and they'll always know how to build from the ever-readily accessible and creativity-inspiring resources: clay, sand and straw!  This cob bench was the result of a sweet collaboration between Brentwood Elementary School students and Design Build Live volunteers.  Stay tuned for a future shade structure workshop for "cobby the caterpillar"!
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Monthly Presentations

  • Monthly Presentation - Stay Tuned for Upcoming Topic! Nov 16, 2016

    Design Build Live hosts monthly presentations the third Wednesday of every month (except December, when we host a holiday party instead). Presentations are from 7-9 pm and are open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Watch our homepage and Calendar of Events for upcoming topics.

    With only occasional interruption, we have conducted these natural building and sustainable living presentations since 1992. If you subscribe to our free monthly e-news you will receive email announcements of our presentation topic and location.

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Upcoming Workshops

  • Earthen Construction Initiative Meeting Nov 01, 2016

    Earthen Construction Initiative of San Antonio is seeking participants interested in sharing their mission to establish and promote earthen construction in San Antonio and the region. They plan to have monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month. Contact Stephen Colley for more information.

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  • DBL seeks new professionals to join our team!

    Are you interested in supporting DBL's mission from behind the scenes? The volunteer-run DBL Board of Directors invites inquiries and referrals to fill the key positions of Webmaster (and IT), CRM Manager, and Site Visit Coordinator. If the descriptions below pique your interest and you want your talents to serve a good cause, contact Lauren at designbuildlive dot com to discuss further. In exchange for your talents, DBL can offer you exposure, education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living!… Read More
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Special Thanks

to TreeHouse and House & Earth for hosting our monthly presentations: