Author Tags: Architecture
Born in 1935, Lloyd Kahn was an editor for 1960s' magazine The Whole Earth Catalog.
As a free-thinker influenced by Buckminster Fuller, green architectural movements and counter-cultural idealism, he became the founding editor-in-chief of his own imprint, Shelter Publications, Inc., to encourage and celebrate eco-friendly and non-conformist homes. Along with books such as Shelter (1973) and HomeWork (2004), he published numerous titles pertaining to physical fitness.
Kahn featured many builders and carpenters from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in his Builders of the Pacific Coast (Shelter 2008), a photo-essay of ingenious, eco-friendly experimentalism in building styles and dwellings, containing more than 1,200 colour photos of mostly "hippie-style" contemporary architecture. $26.95 U.S. 978-0-936070-43-8
For many years Kahn has been based in Bolinas, a small town on the Pacific coast, north of San Francisco. One of his favourite builders, Lloyd House, lives in a converted bus on Hornby Island, and was featured in Kahn's Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century (Shelter 2012). Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-2fsYypJoo
Domebook One (author, 1970)
Domebook 2 (author, 1971)
Shelter (editor, 1973)
Stretching (publisher, 1980)
Galloway's Book on Running (publisher, 1984)
Getting Stronger (publisher, 1985)
Getting in Shape (publisher, 1995)
The Septic System Owner's Manual (author, 2000)
Marathon: You Can Do It! (publisher, 2001)
Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter (author, 2004)
Builders of the Pacific Coast (author, 2008)
Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter (author, 2012)
Small Homes: The Right Size (Shelter Publications 2017) $41.95 9780936070681
See Wikipedia entry, below.
[BCBW 2017] "Architecture"
Wikipedia summary (2011)
Lloyd Kahn (born April 27, 1935) has a BA from Stanford University. During the late 1950s, while serving in the United States Air Force in Germany, Kahn ran the USAF newspaper for two years. Returning to California in 1960 to work as an insurance broker, he suddenly quit his insurance job and began work as a carpenter, eventually building four houses.
Each project became more ambitious. His first project was a sod-roof studio in Mill Valley, with succulents planted on the roof. The second was a used-wood, timber-frame Japanese/Bernard Maybeck-influenced design: a post-and-beam frame, with several 10-foot (3.0 m)-high poured concrete walls. Before these two jobs, he'd had little building experience, but quickly learned on the job. This is where he discovered the owner/builder perspective in learning to build. He tried to maintain this outlook throughout his publishing career, so he could explain building techniques to novice builders. He next got a job in Big Sur as foreman building a large post and beam house out of bridge timbers from a dismantled bridge; the main structural members were 30' long, 8' X 22" redwood beams. He then built his own home out of used lumber and hand-split shakes in Big Sur, developed a water supply, and terraced a hillside for small-scale farming.
Influenced by Buckminster Fuller, in 1968 he started building geodesic domes. This resulted in a job coordinating the building of 17 domes at Pacific High School, an alternative school in the Santa Cruz mountains. Experimenting with geodesic domes made from plywood, aluminum, sprayed foam, and vinyl, children built their own domes and lived in them. Jay Baldwin built a dome covered with vinyl pillows. When Buckminster Fuller visited the school in 1970, he commissioned Baldwin to build a replica of the dome on his property in Maine. The school received media attention.
Kahn next worked for Stewart Brand as Shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. In 1970 Kahn published his first book, Domebook One, followed the next year with Domebook 2, which sold 165,000 copies. In 1971, he bought a half-acre lot in Bolinas, California, and built a shake-covered geodesic dome (later featured in Life magazine). After living in his dome for a year, Kahn decided domes did not work well: he stopped the printing of Domebook 2 and disassembled and sold his dome. He then went in search of other (non-dome) ways to build – across the U.S.A., Ireland, and England, and the book Shelter (1973) was the result.
During the next two decades, Shelter Publications produced a series of fitness books, including Bob Anderson's Stretching (which has sold 3 million copies and is in 31 languages), Galloway's Book on Running by Olympian Jeff Galloway, and Getting Stronger by legendary bodybuilder Bill Pearl. More recently[when?], Shelter produced StretchWare, software that reminds you to stretch at your computer.
In 2004, Kahn published Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter. Home Work summarizes the best of his work over the past 30 years photographing buildings and interviewing builders, and includes numerous buildings directly inspired by the book Shelter. The Septic Systems Owner's Manual, first published in 2000, was extensively revised in 2007. In 2008 Shelter Publications published the first English translation of Brazilian architect Johan van Lengen's The Barefoot Architect: A Manual on Green Building. Also in 2008, Kahn authored Builders of the Pacific Coast. Kahn's newest book is a photo book about tiny houses, titled Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter published January, 2012.
In keeping with his fitness theme, Kahn, continues to surf, paddleboard, and skateboard (longboard) in his late Seventies.
-- info provided by Wikipedia
Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century (Shelter $26.95)
Born in 1935, Lloyd Kahn is a former editor of 1960s magazine The Whole Earth Catalog. As a free-thinker influenced by Buckminster Fuller, green architectural movements and counter-cultural idealism, he became the founding editor-in-chief of his own imprint, Shelter Publications, Inc., to encourage and celebrate eco-friendly and non-conformist homes. Along with books such as Shelter (1973) and HomeWork (2004), he published numerous titles pertaining to physical fitness and featured many builders and carpenters from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands in Builders of the Pacific Coast (Shelter 2008), a photo-essay about ingenious, eco-friendly experimentalism in West Coast building styles and dwellings with mostly “hippie-style” contemporary architecture. Kahn has recently published Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter: Scaling Back in the 21st Century (Shelter $26.95). He continues to surf, paddleboard, and skateboard (longboard) in his late seventies.