building (389)

Homeless Oaklanders Built a “Miracle” Village

Article in The Guardian, words and great photos by Gabrielle Canon, Tuesday May 11, 2021

Homeless Oaklanders were tired of the housing crisis. So they built a “miracle” village.

Tucked under a highway overpass in West Oakland, just beyond a graveyard of charred cars and dumped debris, lies an unexpected refuge.

There’s a collection of beautiful, small structures built from foraged materials. There’s a hot shower, a fully stocked kitchen and health clinic. There’s a free “store” offering donated items including clothes and books, and a composting toilet. There are stone and gravel paths lined with flowers and vegetable gardens. There’s even an outdoor pizza oven.

The so-called ‘Cob on Wood’ center has arisen in recent months to provide amenities for those living in a nearby homeless encampment, one of the largest in the city. But most importantly, it’s fostering a sense of community and dignity, according to the unhoused and housed residents who came together to build it. They hope their innovative approach will lead to big changes in how the city addresses its growing homeless population.…

Now, roughly five months since they broke ground, a community has coalesced around the space that not only hosts events and workshops but also offers food, hygiene, and skill-sharing to the estimated 300 people who live in nearby encampments.

‘It is working,’ Schusterman says, smiling broadly. ‘This is the vision we had and it is working like a miracle.’

(I’m not showing photos due to copyright considerations.)

From Maui Surfer

Post a comment (2 comments)

Solutions for Leaky Tile (or Metal) Roofs in Australia

Hi, Shelter Publications, Inc.

My name is Mary and I am a teacher for an online class in Architecture. We came across your website blog.shelterpub.com/shelter/_tiny_homes/tiny_homes-links.html while learning the different techniques in designing structures such as buildings and houses. We want to say thank you!

One of my students, Kristel, highlighted this page that she brought in for me to see:
brisbaneroofingsolutions.com.au/roofing-tips/what-is-causing-roof-leaks

I want to try to reinforce her creativity and the whole class as well with something unique and fun, so I suggested that we share this with you! I also believe that this will be useful for homeowners and to your visitors as well because it has great information on how to prevent their roofs from leaking. Would you please add a link to the article for them on your page? They would be so proud to see that you did, and I don’t think it’ll hurt that I promised the whole group grade incentives if you do! Please let me know if you’ll be able to help, so I can share the exciting news with them!

Thank you in advance and stay safe!

Mary Lopez
Teacher | Advisor
Behold the tortoise that only makes progress when it sticks its neck out!

Post a comment (1 comment)

Phil Jackson’s New Woodshop

Howdy Lloyd!

Thanks for your interest in my shop build.

Just wanted to thank you for the knowledge you shared in Shelter, specifically about typical spans for girders and joists. I didn’t grow up with any building experience, and your work really helped me wrap my head around my first structure, pictured below.

Dorothy Ainsworth, Larry Haun, Scott Wadsworth (from the Essential Craftsman), and a whole bunch of local knowledge filled in the rest.

My instagram @philjacksonphoto has a whole story highlighted about the build, too.

Thanks again, Lloyd!! Hope to cross paths some day

Best,
–Phil (Jackson)

Post a comment (4 comments)

Barn in Sooke, British Columbia

I really like the gambrel roof, where you take the gable shape, and push it up to get more headroom in the 2nd story. Big, spacious dormer nice for 2nd story.

Though it looks like it’s not being used (and there’s krappy shed attached on the left side), they’ve put a new roof on it.

Framing

There’s a lot to learn about building framing from farm buildings. Like the gussets here; attach them with construction screws and you’ve got simple, cheap connectors.

Post a comment

A Home in Sooke, British Columbia

Shot on a trip in 2017, hanging out with Godfrey Stephens and Bruno Atkey…

I like a lot of things about this design, like the way the shingles flair out over the lower windows.

Too bad more people having homes built don’t just go with the thousands of well-worked-out designs like this, rather than hiring an architect, who will usually be trying to make a “statement.”

There are lots of of home-sweet-homes designs out there, worked out over centuries.

Post a comment (2 comments)