A Deeper Focus


Ken Haggard Book Signing

Ken Haggard and David Bainbridge have co-written a new book, Passive Solar Architecture: Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, and Daylighting Using Natural Flows, coming out this June. Books will be sold at the Central Coast Bioneers conference bookstore and Haggard will be available for signing.

The book is an overview of sustainable buildings, latest materials, functions, day lighting, on-site resource harvesting, and integrated design. Readers learn to see building as a project in integration. “We have an industrial mindset which sees parts separately,” Haggard said. “Seeing something as a whole interconnected system is a foreign idea to many.”

The roots of Haggard’s interest in green architecture traces back to his youth. Observing his landscape architect father restore a burnt out peanut field inspired Haggard.

In ’72, as a young professor at Cal Poly, Haggard was an architect and senior researcher for the first passive solar house in California. “I became interested in green design when Carter was president and the ’73 oil embargo was in place. Carter pushed for solar energy but by the time Reagan was in office interest had dropped off. If Carter was still president we would be way ahead!”

A professor of architecture and environmental design at Cal Poly for over 15 years, Haggard has won a number of awards including first place in the International Competition on Sustainable Communities.

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