Green Festival Speakers

Lloyd Kahn

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Lloyd Kahn has a B.A. 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.Kahn next worked for Stewart Brand as Shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. During 1970 Kahn started a bookpublishing house, Shelter Publications, and published his first book, Domebook One, followed the next year with Domebook 2. These books were followed by the now classic Shelter in 1973, and a series of fitness books, including Stretching, by Bob Anderson, which has sold over 3,000,000 copies.During 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.Kahn's Builders of the Pacific Coast, published in 2008, features a unique group of builders along the Pacific Coast from California to British Columbia. Kahn is currently working on a new book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter about the growing movement towards humanscale housing.In keeping with his fitness theme, Kahn, at the age of 75, continues to surf, skateboard (longboard) and run (the Dipsea Race) competitively. He and his wife Lesley live and work in a small town on the Pacific Ocean coast north of San Francisco, California.Lloyd Kahn has a B.A. 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.
Kahn next worked for Stewart Brand as Shelter editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. During 1970 Kahn started a bookpublishing house, Shelter Publications, and published his first book, Domebook One, followed the next year with Domebook 2. These books were followed by the now classic Shelter in 1973, and a series of fitness books, including Stretching, by Bob Anderson, which has sold over 3,000,000 copies.During 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.
Kahn's Builders of the Pacific Coast, published in 2008, features a unique group of builders along the Pacific Coast from California to British Columbia. Kahn is currently working on a new book, Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter about the growing movement