Imagine a space-age, solar-powered chicken coop resting on the roof of a twenty-five story building in the middle of a booming metropolis. The chicken coop design project encourages students to use their imagination to design a useful, attractive structure that improves the way chickens live and the way they are integrated into the environment. Students are challenged to solve such design problems as the overall space required; protection from weather and predators; accommodations for food, water, exercise, and roosting; the best materials to use; economics and budget constraints; and aesthetics.
Drawing on the principles of sustainable design, students are tasked to use environmentally appropriate and recycled materials whenever possible to design the chicken coop.
The chicken coop course details the evolution of a design: Understand, Explore, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Refine, and Solution. We'll guide students step-by-step through the design process, beginning with understanding project requirements, to sketching and digital imaging, to building a material prototype and refining the design, to the final project solution and presentation. The chicken coop project includes the same elements required to build a house (only on a much smaller scale), giving students plenty to crow about when they present their inspired design, using the visual aids they created, to a group of local business people and neighbors.