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News of Earthen Buildings in Public Space

from the April newsletter:

The unsightly snow fence and clay piles around the bio-toilet foundation: No building yet – the Parks-sponsored plan that the Building Department approved with a permit is too much like a bunker to work for anyone, and vastly adds to the cost. The City is not currently willing to contribute to that cost at all. So it’s back to the drawing board. Local, cutting-edge architect Rohan Walters is generously giving very good, intriguing advice on this. But that will take more time to work out. In the meantime, Georgie Donais has been making plans with recreation staff, on how to secure the foundation so that no snow fence is needed. That cleanup will start as soon as the ground dries out enough. The area will be transformed – for this year – into a sitting-place with interesting signboards, and some on-site summer film nights about alternative building techniques and environmental stewardship of public space.


Simon, Greg Sarah and Silvie are building a false
floor. Livia is watching

Almost done. Emily, Heidrun and Mario holding out
despite of wintery temperatures

posted May 18, 2008

We are transforming the bio-toilet site into earthen bench seating and a conversation area.

We are almost done the cobbing. Tomorrow, Victoria day, 12-4 we will finish shaping the bench.

The next task is cover the big bench with Earthen Plaster.

Please come by, help and learn by doing the whole process: mixing, applying and burnishing.

  • Wednesday May 21 3 - 7
  • Thursday May 22 3 - 7 only interrupted by grocery shopping at the Farmer's market

posted May 22, 2008

We finished the scratch layer now will plaster the second and last layer giving the bench it final look.

  • Friday May 23 1 - 5
  • Saturday I am taking off
  • But Sunday May 25 12 - 4
  • Monday May 26 12 - 4
  • And Tuesday May 27 3 - 7

Nick and Heidrun are cobbing

posted June 04, 2008

Yes, we are almost done,we only need some sunny and warm days to let the cob and plaster completely dry. Then we will cover the new bench with linseed oil for rain protection.


posted July 07, 2008

Yes we are done.

News of Earthen Buildings in Public Space. Other Sites

posted May 01, 2008

Toronto Botanical Garden

Earth Building Workshop

Lecture: Fri., May 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Workshop: Sat.& Sun., May 3 & 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Toronto Botanical Garden Website

posted May 01, 2008

Everdale Farm & Learning Centre

Cob in the park is partnering with Everdale Environmental Learning Centre to participate in

Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op’s Kidtricity Festival May 7 - 10, 2008. at Exhibition Place in Toronto.

On Saturday May 10th The Kidtricity is open for the public.

Here are the flyers:

Everdale Farm & Learning Centre Website

posted May 01, 2008

The Village Building Convergence 2008

is a 10-day event from Friday, May 23rd – Sunday, June 1, 2008 in which neighborhoods activate to build shared public places that they have envisioned, designed, funded, and will maintain for themselves.

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City Repair website

posted May 01, 2008

Natural Building Colloquium East

The fifth annual! ~ * ~ Seven full days!

Sunday, July 27 through Saturday, August 2, 2008

hosted by 'The PeaceWeavers'

Thunder Mountain — Bath, New York

Natural Building Colloquium Website

posted May 01, 2008

by Georgie Donais:

Doni & Kaki: earthbagging success

A hearty thank you to all those who came out to hear these two speak at the park about their earthbagging work around the globe. Attendees were so inspired that they bought every copy of their book that Doni & Kaki had brought to sell. And there were lots of autograph requests!

posted April 18, 2008

Earthbaggers Extraordinaire are coming to Dufferin Grove Park
Saturday April 26, evening, at Dufferin Grove Park rinkhouse. Public dinner at 6:00pm (donation), Speakers at 7:30 (free)

See event's poster

From Doni and Kaki's website

From Georgie Donais:

I'm thrilled to announce that earthbaggers extraordinaire Doni Kiffmeyer and Kaki Hunter are coming to Toronto next weekend. We have invited them to give us a presentation at the park about their work around the globe next Saturday (April 26). More details to come. If you have an interest in seeing interesting and successful examples of natural building shared by two very interesting and entertaining people, then please come on by the rinkhouse next Saturday evening.

See the website of Doni and Kaki at

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