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Bay Area Homeless Taught to Design, Build Shelter Using Found Materials

OAKLAND (KPIX) — Homeless encampments are a common sight in many Bay Area communities, especially in the city of Oakland. While city leaders try to find solutions, there is a grassroots effort to build shelter, even if it is just temporary.Brent Shipp lives on the streets and feels his fate can happen to anyone. He […]

Petaluma Man works on building a Strawbale School at Standing Rock

Petaluma native Miguel Elliott said he wasn’t sure exactly what he would uncover as he helped dig through the frozen North Dakota ground last month, advancing gradually through the icy surface to reveal, inch by labored inch, the softer earth beneath. The stakes were high — as a long-time builder of earthen structures, Elliott […]

Here is an article that was entitled “The Wizard of the Earth”

When Miguel Elliott is working, he’s dancing. Dipping his toes into a pile of mud he begins the stomp, an ancient two-step that is part of the process of turning wet earth into walls with his two bare feet.It?s a 10-minute dance to turn this earthen mixture into building material ? usually done to a […]

Tiny Cob Houses and Mud Structures by Miguel Elliott

As modern construction activities are resulting in resource depletion and environmental degradation, it’s high time for us to be aware of negative consequences of the wrath. It’s heartening to see people switching to 3D printed homes, just to lower the adverse impacts of concrete construction on the environment. Even though there are many modern home […]

Hob Nob with Cob! This article was featured in the Sonoma West Paper. The title is brilliant! Photo provided ? SIR COBALOT — Miguel Elliot is the unofficial cob guru of Sonoma County. Take a tour of local cob structures this weekend Sebastopol builder Miguel Elliot is less of a spokesperson for cob — a humble building material made of earth and straw — and more like a devotee or a […]

An Oven in The Village Homeless Encampment Provides Warmth and Wood-Fired Pizza by Momo Chang

Last week, Miguel Elliott fired up his homemade oven and served dozens of pizzas to the local crowd: neighbors in a homeless encampment dubbed “The Village,” which is home to about 80 people. “Most people here may not have experienced wood-fired pizza,” said Elliott, who owns Living Earth Structures, which specializes in building out of […]