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  • Rammed Earth Construction - An In-Depth Presentation

    Wed. Aug. 17, 7:00-9:00pm, 4804 B Grover Ave. (Earth Day Austin HQ)         Our presentation this month will feature an in-depth conversation about natural building with rammed earth wall systems. The presentation will led by local designer/builder Logan Wagner who leads the architecture and building firm of ALARIFE pllc. Logan is part of a team of artists and artisans who - using traditional trades, crafts and tools - restore existing historic buildings, design/build modern structures, and create sustainable hand-crafted architecture. For this presentation, Logan will lead us through some of his past commercial and residential projects, describing and illustrating the process from beginning to end, and things you should know in advance if you are considering using rammed earth wall systems. He will also discuss an upcoming project to be built in the Bee Cave area.
  • 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 document 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! Oct 19, 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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Special Thanks

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