Field Notes

  • OCTOBER FLASH

  • Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club | Austin, Texas

    We’re thrilled that Dai Due is collecting a steady stream of rave reviews since opening its restaurant on Manor Road in August. The DBA crew thoroughly enjoyed its in-depth collaboration with owner Jesse Griffiths on the design and fabrication of the restaurant’s custom grills, knife-handle bar taps and a Caja China (picture a steel box on wheels — a fire on top, a whole animal inside).

    Lead designer and fabricator Philip Burkhardt says the main benefit of this … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: October 14th, 2014
  • FLASH POST

  • ACVB
    Signed, sealed and delivered! The DBA crew installed a collection of custom furnishings for the new Austin Visitors Center. Thanks to Runa Workshop, the architectural firm behind the center, for allowing us to be a part of this very cool project.

    Custom Table
    We completed the second iteration of a custom-designed dining table with a steel base and white stone top. Designed by Adrian and Jack, the table now graces the dining room of a private residence in Houston.

    Camp Heavy Metal
    Our third Camp Heavy Metal benefitting … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 26th, 2014
  • JANUARY FLASH

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    Albany Ranch
    Thanks in part to a collaboration with David Bowers at Studio A, we’re making progress on designs for a bunkhouse renovation and two new structures on this family ranch. The proposed design is staying true to the original aesthetic and includes some “structural gymnastics” to show off the oil-pipe truss beams designed by the family patriarch, Bob Green. In addition to DBA’s favorite material — OIL PIPE! — other materials include aerated concrete blocks, structurally insulated panels (SIPs) and Kalwall, a translucent wall panel.

    Venable Center
    Framing … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: February 4th, 2014
  • Yoga and Welding
  • VOODOO MUSIC + ART EXPERIENCE 2013

  • Eleven members of the Design Build Adventure crew headed east to the Big Easy this past November for the Voodoo Music & Art Experience, a three-day festival that, over the years, has drawn more than 450 bands and 1 million music fans to New Orleans city park.

    This year, as Voodoo celebrated its 15th birthday, Design Build Adventure was hired to create the site plan for and then manage the festival’s general admission and VIP camping areas. On the technical side, this entailed mapping out electrical and plumbing and … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: December 13th, 2013
  • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER FLASH

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    Venable Center | Stephenville

    Having received a green light on our design, construction is now under way at Venable Center. This project, located on Jane Hickie’s private ranch near Stephenville, involves transforming a 1901 schoolhouse and 1951 parish hall into a community gathering place for weddings, theatrical and musical performances, banquets and other special occasions. Hickie, who directed the Office of State-Federal Relations under the late Gov. Ann Richards, enlisted Design Build Adventure to restore the buildings to their former glory, while updating them with audio-visual support, … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: December 9th, 2013
  • CAMP DBA JUNE 2013 MARFA

  • For the third June in a row, Camp Design Build Adventure has worked with the Dersu Collective in Marfa, Texas to continue the development of the park improvements at East Side Play!  Each year, the new campers are introduced to the project by our hosts, Nick and Maryam, who tell us what they observed since the previous year’s work.  From there, we embark on a 24 hour cultural immersion / sensory overload /  scavenger hunt which includes Marfa Hardware, Livingston’s, Food Shark, the Rock shop, the Lost Horse, etc, etc, … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 26th, 2013
  • Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic

  • Come out this Saturday, April 13th to Palm Park (E. Cesar Chavez and IH-35) for the Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic and see the installation DBA has built for this great event. The images above are a time lapse sneak-peek of the final design… We can’t reveal it just yet.

    Check out the official event page here, as well as the Tribeza article and also a description of the picnic by Texas Monthly Senior Editor (and fellow Texas Playboy) John Spong. See you Saturday!… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: April 12th, 2013
  • JANUARY FLASH

  • The Long Time and the Mean Time.

    January 2013.

    instagram: #designbuildadventure

    team: @designbuildadventure, @nefarious_wayfarer, @dandyerband, @jrosinbaum, @adolfm14, @jaimelovell, and philip

    camp design build adventure article in design bureau magazine. bike shed and steel planter are mark word designs.

    photos by adolfo moreno (mostly)… Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: February 1st, 2013
  • NOVEMBER FLASH

  • Been a hell of a month.  We have a number of exciting things going on at Design Build Adventure.  Starting with the Fun Fun Fun Festival “Chill Zones”, the East Side Studio Tour where Jack unveiled the “tortilla moon” series as a part of his celestial “black hole”, and “blue star” works, the steel columns and saddles at the Thoughtbarn designed Santa Anna residence of “productivity and delight”, the  Cedar fence, Cedar Gate, Cedar Retaining Wall, and as usual a number of Studio A designed steel furniture pieces (under construction).  … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: December 1st, 2012
  • MARFA ADVENTURE WITH DESIGN 5 (UT AUSTIN)

  • A little late… but here are some photos of the Jack’s UT students “geodesic” projects in Marfa during El Cosmico.  The first half of the semester they dove into Bucky Fuller’s “Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth”, and “Education Automation” – culminating in a drive to Marfa for the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love where they erected their “geodesic” structures from recycled and reclaimed materials (try wine works, paper, cardboard, and yes, venetian blinds from the Habitat ReStore.)  The second half of the semester has been focused on designing a … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: December 1st, 2012


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