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Press Release

April 2 , 2014

Sustainable Building workshop, Earth Day, April 19 at UCSC

Dear Friends,

This Earth Day please join Philip Mirkin for the first HYBRID ADOBE WORKSHOP in two years, to be held Saturday, April 19th on the campus of UCSC. You will learn to build inexpensive sustainable housing at this fun, one-day, hands-on workshop. We will construct a small building and/or sculptural bench, and more. Please join us!

A press release follows that contains the vital information. . Please download this flyer that can also be printed and distributed. Please forward this announcement to friends, colleagues, organizations, the media and/or list-serves.

Thank you very much.


April 2, 2014
(for immediate release)

CONTACT: Email Philip at philipmirkin@hotmail.com
or ring/text: 415-577-4958 or call 866-305-1403
background information at www.hybridadobe.com

This hands-on HYBRID ADOBE WORKSHOP presents new developments in Sustainable Building, landscaping and sculpture and will be held this Earth Day, April 19th at UCSC. The workshop is open to all students and the public. You will help create an actual structure with this revolutionary building material and learn how to do it yourself at home. Philip Mirkin, UC instructor, and author of the Hybrid Adobe Handbook, will lead the program.

When: Saturday, April 19th, Earth Day, 10 AM – 5 PM
Where: UC Santa Cruz, at PICA, near the Farm; 10 mins from downtown Santa Cruz, CA
Who: Led by Philip Mirkin, Hybrid Adobe Founder, UC Instructor, ecovillage designer, author
Cost: Students $35 per day; General $55-125 per day, sliding scale
Scholarship and work-trade may still be available. Please call ASAP for details
Contact: philipmirkin@hotmail.com; 415-577-4958 or toll-free 866-305-1403

Website: www.hybridadobe.com (Note: The website has not been updated in years but provides a basic understanding of the material for background information only)

This fun workshop is where you get your hands in the earth, creating a small structure and/or sculptures & a garden bench while learning how to work with Hybrid Adobe and fibercrete. Participants will also learn how to make raised garden beds, mosaics, and more. We start with a seminar that includes designing small structures, how to build legally, and setting up a simple backyard operation. Learn Hybrid Adobe recipes, formulas, procedures and time-saving applications from the originator. These simple procedures allow you to do the work yourself, saving money, time and energy.

Hybrid Adobe is an easy to work with, low-cost, sustainable material made from local earth, clay, re-usable fiber and a binder. You can use this strong, non-toxic material for dozens of applications including sculpture and landscaping. Hybrid Adobe can cover cement or wooden buildings, beautifying & insulating them, while making them flame-resistant. It’s a wonderful substitute for drywall, toxic materials and fiberglass insulation. Hybrid Adobe performs well in high-wind, rain, hurricane, wild-fire and earthquake zones. When dry, hybrid adobe is lightweight and easy to cut with a saw, making it highly creative and easier to work with than classic adobe, standard framing, concrete, cob or strawbale.

Hybrid Adobe founder, Philip Mirkin has taught over 3000 people how to build inexpensive natural homes at over 100 workshops worldwide including the Solar Living Institute, the University of Puerto Rico, the American Institute of Architects, and is now instructing at UCSC. He will introduce new developments made at ecovillages that used hybrid adobe, papercrete, pumice adobe, wool adobe, and more.

Please reserve your place as workshops do sell out. The Hybrid Adobe Handbook can be ordered at the workshop or by contacting Philip Mirkin directly.

415-577-4958 (call or text) or 24-hrs at 866-305-1403
Email Philip at philipmirkin@hotmail.com

(published in the Pacific Sun newspaper, Marin, California, 10 Feb., 2002)

Best Bets
"It's more fun than making mud pies. It can create charming houses and
garden structures. It can be sculpted into wild art. It recycles. It's quick
and low-labor, easy enough for clutzy, amateur builders (that's me). It's
Hybrid Adobe. Simple, elegant, and dirt cheap, Hybrid Adobe and its brother,
papercrete, are on the cutting edge of green building techniques. If you've
ever dreamed of your own cob or strawbale palace, you must check this out
first." –Mary DeDanan


Philip is an ecovillage, building and materials designer who has taught over 100 workshops and seminars on Hybrid Adobe and fibercrete. He’s taught at the Real Goods' Solar Living Institute, and the Building Education Center in Berkeley, California,

He has also taught seminars and workshops at the at the Biosphere Project in Puerto Rico, at Humboldt State University, the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez), the University of British Columbia, and continuing credit courses for the American Institute of Architects.

Since 1986 he has also led humanitarian aid trips, adventure travel programs and seminars on Native American architecture, and archaeoastronomy. Philip was the keynote speaker for Native American Month at Whitman College, and also at the Great Outdoors Adventure Fair in San Francisco, and was a main speaker at Auckland Ecoshow 2005 in New Zealand. Philip co-founded the Flying Fish Organic Village (see www.ic.org) in Fiji where he developed hurricane resistant housing and led disaster relief efforts. He continues to design and consult on eco-village formation. A University of California graduate, Philip is also the author of several books including "The Hybrid Adobe Handbook".

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