Raise the Roost! Design Competition, Rainier Beach

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Project Location:

Rainier Beach, Seattle, USA

Project Partners:

Architecture for Humanity-Seattle Chapter, Youth Garden Works, Seattle Tilth, Rainier Beach Urban Farm + Wetlands

Project Team:

Ginger Daniel, Steve Dumbrowski, Lindsey Cunningham, Kristel Knight, Derik Eckhardt, Carter Woolen




Project Description:

Architects Without Borders-Seattle and Architecture for Humanity-Seattle Chapter raised $1800 for local food justice organization Youth Garden Works through an innovative Raise the Roost! Chicken Coop Design and Build Competition in July 2012. Raising chickens for eggs can be a lifeline where affordable, healthy food is difficult to access.

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.


AWB and AfH  invited designers, artists, builders, students, and backyard chicken enthusiasts 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. Entry fees went to benefit Seattle Youth Garden Works, a transformative urban agriculture employment training program for homeless and underserved youth.


By designing and building chicken coops in innovative and creative ways, designers are not only taking a stand for food justice and access, but also benefitting homeless and underserved youth through Seattle Youth Garden Works. The organizers invited everyone to a free community event at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands to view the coops and celebrate the winning entries.


The event was covered on local KOMO news here!


Celebrity judges include Molly Moon, of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream Shop, Rebecca Teagarden, of Seattle Times’ Northwest Magazine, Cheryl Waters, of KEXP radio, and Jessi Bloom, author of Free-Range Chicken Gardens.


In-kind donations were made by Athletic Awards, Saxton Bradley Inc., Century Ballroom, Tin Table, and The Loveward Steps.


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