It’s been 3 weeks now. The progress has been slower than anticipated, as we’re still working on the tire wall, but we’ve had great work parties and made new friends. We have also been sourcing other materials as we’ve used more than we anticipated and needed to adapt as the project progressed.

We’re still focusing heavily on building with recycled & natural materials, finding creative ways to use garbage, and relying on the community to make the whole thing happen.

So far, the cost of the project is $0.

For more info about the project, if you had not heard of it before, check out our original event description:


Updated Timeline

The 3 Phases are still there, namely Phase 1 – Tire wall; Phase 2 – Roof; Phase 3 – Front face.

We still have a few days worth of work on Phase 1, and then we will be working on Phase 2 and 3 at the same time.

There has been some activity every single day since September 1st, and we need to plan for a day off here and there.

So, if you want to volunteer, please email Florian and Roxanne at least 24 hours in advance. If you don’t have their email address yet, then please check the Registration section below.



To sign up, send an email to with “trash studio” and your full name in the subject line. For instance: “trash studio / Florian Becquereau” as the subject.

Provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • City of residence
  • Which day(s) you want to come volunteer. Please consider volunteering on week days if you can.
  • What you can contribute from our wishlist for tools and materials (click here). (not mandatory but greatly appreciated)
  • What team you’d like to be in: building (that’s what most people will be doing), documenting (photos, videos, blog articles, short documentaries….), cooking (Roxanne might welcome some help; you can either contribute food or help cooking). Even if you can’t attend the events, helping us with tools or materials is a great way to be part of this project.
  • Some more info about you, including a few words about your past experiences with building/volunteering/sustainability, etc. (no experience necessary).

Please make sure to communicate with us about which tools or materials you can contribute before bringing them to the site. There is very little space, so we can only store what we can use, and we might not be able to store items for Phase 2 until Phase 1 is completed. If you want to lend tools and get them back later, we’ll try our best to accommodate, but since there will be a lot of volunteers rotating on the build, we cannot promise that your tool won’t be broken or lost.


What to bring

Please look at our material and tool wishlist and let us know (i.e. by email) if you can help with any of that. Monetary donations can also be made. Since we haven’t incurred any monetary cost yet, and we’re trying to keep it this way, you could simply make a monetary pledge (i.e. make a donation only if/when we have to buy something).

If you’re going to volunteer in the construction:

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind ruining.

Bring a water bottle.

Bring a pair of working gloves.


No drugs or alcohol on site!


Access to the site

The site is in walking distance from the Columbia City Light Rail station. There is no parking at the site. So, you’re on your own for parking. Please consider using public transportation. As this is a private residence, the address will be sent only to volunteers who are properly registered.


Contact us

The best way to reach us is to send an email to Roxanne (Project Owner) or Florian (Project Manager) will get back to you. You can also contact us via Earthship Seattle’s Facebook page or Meetup group, or via this specific project’s Facebook page.