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  • Compressed Earth Block Construction - A Case Study Presentation

    Wed. June 15, 7:00-9:00pm, 4804 B Grover Ave. (Earth Day Austin HQ)          This month's presentation follows a Compressed Earth Block (CEB) construction project from beginning to end. By analyzing a particular case study project, our presenters will illustrate the advantages, disadvantages, hard work, and beauty of building with this solidly sustainable material. Stay tuned for information on presenters and presentation details. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • 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!
  • site visit - food.water.shelter

    June 18, 2016 10:30am - 1:30pm Building upon our May presentation with Lester Germanio, PE on Structural Engineering for Natural Buildings, we will be visiting Lester’s impressive Westlake homestead he calls Food.Water.Shelter. There are many features we will visit, including a load-bearing stone residence, 3-part courtyard, water cistern, and orchard. This is an incredible opportunity to see many key sustainable practices at work. For information including location and transportation, email leafkeeperken (at) gmail (dot) com.
  • 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! Jul 20, 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

  • Workshops Wanted! Jan 01, 2017

    Design Build Live is seeking workshop opportunities so we can continue to serve you in the ways we do best: education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living. Do you have a workshop topic that you’d love for us to offer? Do you have a building project in the works that might be an opportunity for others to take part? Do you have ideas (and resources) for a project in your community, property, or home? Let us know!

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