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Raise the Roost

13/06/2012 by architectural competitions

We challenge YOU to design and build a chicken coop for an urban residential garden that integrates creativity, functionality and the innovative use of low-cost, reclaimed materials.

Food security and access to healthy affordable food in urban areas is one of the world’s biggest problems and is on the rise. The United States does not escape this reality, nor does Seattle.

Raising chickens for eggs can be a lifeline where affordable, healthy food is difficult to access. Caring for chickens provides valuable educational opportunities for children and adults alike to connect to where food comes from while inspiring self-sufficiency. Chickens are low cost to maintain and can also provide the nutrients needed for an entire vegetable garden to thrive.

Building or obtaining an appropriate coop can be a significant hurdle for urban residents.

Please help us “Raise the Roost” while raising the bar for what design can do to support self-sufficiency and food security. All entry fees go to benefit Seattle Youth Garden Works, a transformative urban agriculture employment training program for homeless and underserved youth.
Competition Launch : May 24, 2012
On-line Registration Due: Friday, June 29, 2012, 5:00 pm

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