Field Notes


  • La Cosmimosa | Trans-Pecos Festival
    Design Build Adventure had a very moving presence at this year’s Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, thanks to DBA mobile-making genius Spence Kellum, who designed and built a kinetic sculpture called “La Cosmimosa.” Jack and his Marfa summer Camp DBA campers found street sweeper brushes and Kellum created the mobile’s bright pink “blossoms” in a binary “tree.” Special shout out to Taylor Tehan who helped build the mobile, and to the DBA crew who helped erect it at El Cosmico.

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    POSTED ON: October 2nd, 2013

    On Sept. 20-22, 2013, we’ll host a Design-Build Adventure in Heavy Metal at the Design Build Adventure studio in Hornsby Bend, just nine miles east of Austin on FM 969. Five acres of Central Texas prairie land — marked by sprawling pecan trees, a campfire pit, main house and tool shop — will serve as the setting for all activities. This adventure promises to be a weekend of creative exploration and engaging conversation among people who enjoy learning, getting their hands dirty and just having a good time.

    For … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: July 31st, 2013

  • The Design Build Adventure fabrication department has been busy during May and June. Philip Burkhardt had led the adventure with James Rosinbaum, Dan Dyer, and Taylor Tehan on New York Avenue custom kitchen furniture, Tarrytown fence and gate, Clarksville bike shed and steel and cedar trellis for Mark Word Design.

    James Rosinbaum worked with Coleman Coker’s University of Texas School of Architecture students on the steel portion of their summer design / build project.

    The DBA design department, Jack, Spence, Adrian, and Matt, have been busy with the Stephenville, … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: July 26th, 2013


    Rural Studio aims to build eight 20K Houses to celebrate our 20th Anniversary, and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to reach our $160,000 goal by December 6, 2013! To that end, we challenge YOU, the alumni and friends of Rural Studio, to organize within your city and compete head-to-head with other cities in a no-holds-barred, winner-takes-all battle to be the FIRST CITY TO REACH $20,000 and the CITY TO RAISE THE MOST MONEY before December 6, 2013.

    What is a 20K House?  The 20K house project began in 2005 … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: July 2nd, 2013


    Crazy April!  We spent a lot of time working on our new headquarters (“Camp”) – more specifically the back porch that has already been used for morning stretches, multiple happy hours, hammock time, multiple guitar pulls, and a dinner for 16  prepared by one of Austin’s finest Rene Ortiz.  The back porch also proved to be a good place to design and critique the “Virtual Fire” sculpture that was designed by Jack and Spence Kellum for the Waller Creel Pop-Up Adventure Picnic.  Next was the first Austin “Camp Design … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: May 2nd, 2013
  • Camp DBA June 5-10 In Marfa, TX

  • CAMP DESIGN BUILD ADVENTURE explores new perspectives on the built environment in our lives. This 4-day workshop focuses on locality and community in design – not just the materials and the construction techniques, but how climate, geography, socioeconomics, personal relationships and even factors like the food, music and art of a place can and should influence design. More than just a how-to clinic, CAMP DESIGN BUILD ADVENTURE is about creating meaningful experience as we work. We believe that an important part of the design process takes place in shared communal … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: April 12th, 2013

  • Calling all music enthusiasts and creative types. On April 19-21, we’re hosting A Design-Build Adventure in Heavy Metal. During this 2.5-day workshop, you will get the chance to flex your creative muscle, learn a little about design, work with power tools and create something entirely unique out of steel. The adventure will culminate with a rockin’ party and silent auction that showcases the heavy metal masterpieces created during the workshop. All sales proceeds will benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM).

    For more information, read our full … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: February 25th, 2013

  • Design Build Adventure is embarking on a four property fence that changes personalities along the way. Phase one is the fence language in it’s simplest form – oil pipe columns, square tube frames with 2″ x 4″ cattle panel on the inside of frame (to allow for client’s reclaimed wood on the sidewalk side in the future). Cattle panel provides immediate security and after wood is installed will be for climbing vines.

    Phase two starting Monday – the panel will double and widen to 16″ to become gabion basket (stay … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: May 12th, 2012

  • Two weeks to get this Airstream to the airport.

    We are lucky to have been working since January 1 on the demolition, design, build, adventure of a 1976 Airstream Sovereign for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.  The trailer will debut at the airport on March 8, then move to SXSW Interactive, then another venue for SXSW Film / Music / Gear, and then settles down at Spillar Welding for new electric braking and hitch.

    We are excited about the waxed paint grip interior, and to see images from the … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: February 25th, 2012
  • DOONANNY 2012

  • Here is the artwork for our annual Doo-Nanny poster.  This year featuring the “turnip root” that started all, from a drawing by the famous John Henry Toney, who also named the “Doonanny”.  The poster will be printed by the also legendary Austin printer, Jaime Cervantes, in a limited number the week of the festival and sold at the “Texas Museum and Hotel” in the Woods of Wonder.  Reserve one now by sending us a check!… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: February 21st, 2012


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