Down-to-Earth Architecture and Construction

At it’s core, the transition movement is about building local sustainability to meet our most basic needs – food, clothing and shelter. When it comes to construction material, it doesn’t get much more basic than earth.

First Earth, TransitionKW’s Movie Night presentation (Oct. 23rd, 7 p.m., REEP House, 20 Mill St., free admission) is a fascinating and thought provoking film about  home construction from an earlier time that has a lot to offer in today’s world. It created a lot of buzz when it garnered over 300,00 hits on YouTube before it’s official release. First Earth filmmaker David Sheen shows us how individuals and communities are building healthy homes from the west coast of North America to West Africa.

First Earth shows how earthen building (cob homes) is a healthy choice in every cultural context and under different socio-economic conditions. Transition’s own Rob Hopkins built his family a cob home in Ireland as a community project and in 2007 and a two- story, 2,150 sq. ft. cob home was built in Victoria, B.C. for $210, 000.

Cob construction (a mixture of clay, sand, straw, water and earth) with its 24″ thick walls is cool in the summer and warm in the winter and some of the architecture is stunning. It’s definitely sustainable, in New Zealand, there are cob homes that were built in the early 19th century. It has also been used to establish places for the community to gather.

We would be wise to think of where we live as a home and not just a house. First Earth suggests that getting back to to the basics in home construction will not only be a boon to the environment, but a blessing for us spiritually as well.

We invite you to join us at the REEP House on October 23rd.

Rejuvenate Your Wardrobe; St. John’s Kitchen, 97 Victoria St. N. is hosting a clothing swap on Sunday. October 20th. Doors open at 1:45, swap begins at 2 p.m.

Men’s, women’s, maternity and children’s clothes welcome. Kate Motz will demonstrate how to make yarn out of your retired tshirts. Also turn your favourite Tee into a shopping bag. $2.00 admission.

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  • Diana B

    Actually the clothing swap is Sunday, October 20th at St. John’s Kitchen.  $2 to enter.  Starts at 2 p.m.