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Selected Bibliographic References and Writings by Dr. Aitken

Dr. Donald Aitken has over 100 professional publications, covering technical subjects in physics and astrophysics, policy subjects in environmental science and renewable energy policy and economics, and technical and design subjects in bioclimatic architecture. The following selected partial list represents a sampling of his work, primarily in architecture, as well as in the design and application of active solar energy thermal and electric systems, all most pertinent to his present interests and activities, and reveals the diversity of his professional contributions in architecture, the range of climates of his work and writings, and the long time span of his writings and publications, which continue today.


The Yearbook of Renewable Energies 1998/9, Donald Aitken, Co-editor, with Boris Berkovsky, Yoshihiro Hamakawa, Wolfgang Palz, and Hermann Scheer, James and James, Publishers.

Global Warming, Rapid Climate Change, and Renewable Energy Solutions for Gaia, Donald W. Aitken, in “Gaia in Turmoil: Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis”, E. Crist and H.B. Rinker, eds., MIT Press, 2010, Chapter 8, 125-150. (ISBN 0262513528).

Articles and Reports

Project Sunshower: San Jose State University Dormitory Retrofit to Solar-Assisted Water Heating, with D.K. Rozell, in Sharing the Sun: Solar Technologies in the Seventies, Proceedings of the Joint Conference 1976 of the American Section of the International Solar Energy Society and the Solar Energy Society of Canada, Inc., 4, 105-127 (1976).

Solar Energy in Residential Design and Use: An annotated Bibliography of Published Resources Focusing on the Application of Solar Energy to the Home, SunWorld, the Journal of the International Solar Energy Society, 1, No. 3, 23-28 (February, 1977).

Natural Energy Design by Intuitive Wisdom, Proceedings of the 3rd National Passive Solar Conference, San Jose, California, American Section of the International Solar Energy Society, 3, 495-502 (1979).

An Upper Story Enterprise: The Energy and Daylighting Conversion of an Historic Building, Solar Age, 6, No. 1, 22-26 (January, 1981).

Experience in the Integrated Use of Windows and Blinds in Commercial Office Buildings for Solar Heating and Daylighting in Northern Latitudes, Proceedings of the Solar World Forum, "Solar Technology in the Eighties", David O. Hall and June Morton, Eds, 3, 2044-2055 (August, 1981).

The Use of Air Flow Windows and Blinds for Building Thermal Control and for Solar-Assisted Heating, Cooling and Lighting, Proceedings of the Sixth National Passive Solar Conference, J. Hayes and W. Kolar, Eds., 6, 611-615 (September, 1981).

The Neglected Half of Commercial Daylighting Design Reporting: Selecting the Controls, Fixtures, Bulbs and Ballasts, Proceedings of the 8th National Passive Solar Conference, The American Solar Energy Society, 181-186 (September,1983).

Hardware Choices for Daylighting Design, Solar Age, 9, No. 5, 15-21 (May, 1984).

Components for Window and Perimeter-Lighting Redesign to Promote the Active Use and Control of Thermal and Daylight Energies in Existing Commercial Buildings, Proceedings of the Conference on Buildings Redesign and Energy Challenges, American Institute of Architects, 93-98 (November, 1984).

Energy Savings with Increased Productivity in Today's Office: the Union of Emerging EMS and Controllable Output Ballast Technologies, Proceedings of the 7th World Energy Engineering Congress, Association of Energy Engineers (November, 1984).

The Daylighting Art and Craft of Frank Lloyd Wright, Proceedings I, International Daylighting Conference, M. Zdepski and R. McCluney, Eds., 397-401 (1986).

Contemporary Daylighting Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, Proceedings of Taliesin Day 14, 1987, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona (1987).

Frank Lloyd Wright and the "Solar Hemicycle", Proceedings of the 14th National Passive Solar Conference, Denver, Colorado, M.J. Coleman, Ed., American Solar Energy Society, Inc., 14, 3-17 (June, 1989).

Frank Lloyd Wright's "Solar Hemicycle" Revisited: Measured Performance Following Thermal Upgrading, Proceedings of the 17th National Passive Solar Conference, Cocoa Beach, Florida, 52-57 (1992).

The "Solar Hemicycle" Revisited: It's Still Showing the Way, Wisconsin Academy Review, 39, No. 1, 33-37 (1992-93).

Solar Production Housing and the Utilities, with Paul Bony, Solar Today, 7, No. 2, 23-26 (March/April 1993).

Utility Restructuring: Boon or Bane for Renewables, with J. R. Hochanadel, Solar Today, 10, No. 6, 23-25 (1996).

The Union of Concerned Scientists "Walk Their Talk" With Their New National Headquarters Building, with Howard Ris, Solar Today, 11, No. 2, 28-31 (1997).

Frank Lloyd Wright: Daylighting Master, Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, 9, 4-17 (Summer, 1998).

Shining Example: The UCS Headquarters Photovoltaic System, Nucleus, The Union of Concerned Scientists, 4-6 (Summer, 1998).

Climate Change, Energy and Buildings, in "Rethinking Design Curriculum: Integrating Solar Energy for a Sustainable Future", Summary Report, Global Possibilities, New York City, October 22, pp. 1-10 (1998).

Putting it Together: Whole Buildings and a Whole Building Policy, REPP Research Report, Renewable Energy Policy Project, No. 5, September 1998.

Why Are Buildings So Important to National Energy Policy, and How Does "Cool Daylighting" Provide Special Benefits?, Report for Distribution by The Energy Center of Wisconsin (1999).

The Barritt House: Nevada's First PV Net-Metered Tract Home, with M. I. Barritt and M. Harris, Proceedings of the Annual Solar Energy Conference, American Solar Energy Society (1999).

The American RE Transition—Emerging on a State-by-State Basis, Renewable Energy Focus, 28-29 (July/August 2002).

Transitioning to a Renewable Energy Future. White Paper commissioned by the International Solar Energy Society, funded by the European Union (completed September, 2003). Hard copies available from Executive summary and full text at

The Climate Stabilization Challenge: Can Renewable Energy Sources Meet the Target? With Lynn L. Billman and Stanley R. Bull - Renewable Energy World, 7, No. 6, 56-69 (November-December 2004).

The Renewable Energy Transition: Can It Really Happen?, Solar Today, 19, No. 1, 16-19 (January-February 2005).

Government Policies to Stimulate Sustainable Development of the PV Industry:  Lessons Learned From Japan, Germany and California, with Paul Maycock and Donald E. Osborn, Proceedings of the International Solar Energy Society, 2005 Solar World Congress, August 2005, Orlando, Florida, USA.

Germany Launches its Transition, Solar Today, 19, No. 2, 26-29 (March-April, 2005).

The Renewable Energy Transition, with Rian van Staden, Sustainable Development International, 14th Edition, Henley Media Group Ltd, London, UK - ISSN 1466-4739, 2005, 46-48 (2005).

The Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies—a 17-Year Odyssey From Campus Vision to Architectural Fulfillment, Proceedings of the 35th National Solar Energy Conference, American Solar Energy Society, 2006.

It Began for Frank Lloyd Wright in Buffalo, NY!  The Larkin Building, His First Climate-Responsive (“Sustainable”) Commercial Building Design, Proceedings of the 38th National Solar Energy Conference, American Solar Energy Society, 2009.