Jay Baldwin

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Jay Baldwin (or “JB”) is a designer/inventor (of the solar Pillowdome greenhouse that can raise vegetables year-round on Cape Cod and is light enough for urban rooftop gardens). He’s an ecological designer (mostly of toys, lightweight camping gear, and geodesic structures). He’s designed products for such corporations as Ford, Burlington Industries Fabrics, Kimberly Clark, and Monsanto. Baldwin is the author of BuckyWorks, Buckminster Fuller’s Ideas for Today (Wiley, 1996), as well as three additional books on comprehensive design—and he's a notorious storyteller, too!

Baldwin also was tools, design, and nomadics editor for the Whole Earth Catalog and its several magazine kin for 30 years, and has been professor of sustainable design at 10 colleges and universities, one high school, and lectured at many more.

For 10 years Baldwin and his goldsmith / California native–plant horticulturist wife, Liz, were land stewards of the 3,300-acre Pepperwood nature preserve owned by the California Academy of Sciences. He’s been a pilot, a whitewater river guide, and a researcher at the New Alchemy Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute, and Farallones Institute, where he built many experimental solar designs in his portable prototype workshop.

Currently, JB is testing a hand-made working prototype of his patented Quickup™, a radical RV that gets double the gas mileage of conventional designs (see website listed below), teaching sustainable industrial design at CCA in San Francisco, and writing a book on managing the dark side lurking in any technology.

Senior Adjunct Professor, Industrial Design
Advisor, Industrial Design


BS, University of Michigan

Website: www.quickupcamper.com