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Meet the Jury…

October 30th, 2010

With over 60 entries to the review and assess, the 2010 Chicken Coop Design Competition jury is hard at work.

The multidisciplinary jury:

Lynn Rodemann is an urban farmer and educator in Northeast Ohio.  She runs two large community gardens -one in Detroit-Shoreway and another in Jefferson Park called Devil’s Backbone Market and Educational Herb Farm – and keeps over 30 chickens.  A founding member of  LEAF (Lakewood Earth and Food community), Reimagining Cleveland grant recipient, herb vendor to area restaurants and food trucks and a slow food activist and doer, Lynn works hard to bring good, locally produced food to her community.  Lynn resides in Lakewood, Ohio with her husband and two sons (the chickens live in Cleveland).

Joe McGuier is a young architect living in Brooklyn, NY. Joe’s professional focus is on reintroducing thoughtful, reasonable and contextual design as a profit-inducing component of small-scale urban residential developments. Through this, Joe hopes to affect positive change on the urban fabric of his beloved New York and reposition the architect as a central player in urban multi-family developments.  Joe was born and raised in Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture. As a child, Joe ate so much chicken his mother thought he might wake up with feathers one day, so this design competition is near and dear to his heart.

West Virginia born and bred, Matthew Miller is Project H’s “MacGyver-in-residence” and Studio H co-founder and instructor.  An accomplished fabricator and metalworker, he has worked for several emerging practices including Architecture for Humanity and HousingOperative.  Matthew studied at the Bauhaus, holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee and a post-professional Masters in Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the College of Creative Studies and UC Berkeley, among others. He is the ultimate designer/builder, with a range of projects extending from the ghettos of Detroit to the agrarian slopes of southwestern Uganda.

Gauri Torgalkar is a native of India who received her her M.Arch. degree from Kent State University in 2003, and after almost a decade in this city, considers herself a Clevelander. Her thesis research focused on environments of healing, and her project for permanent, supportive housing for the homeless was developed in conjunction with a network of Cleveland community activists. Gauri first started working at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) as a student intern before becoming a full time employee. She has worked on numerous projects, including the STEPS bike & pedestrian maps, CSU Masterplan, Re-imagining a more sustainable Cleveland and Pop Up City’s events. Gauri is also actively involved in social, environmental and civic organizations including the Cleveland Coalition, Bioneers Cleveland, Architecture for Humanity, and Sadguru Shri Aniruddha Upasana Trust. Gauri also participates in the CUDC curriculum, teaching a course in graphic techniques for urban design and serves as a capstone adviser for M.UD students.

Tim Malinich is a horticulturist, chicken farmer and the Horticulture Extension Educator for the Ohio State University Lorain Extension.   Horticulture is defined as the science and art of growing fruit, flowers, ornamental plants and vegetables.   Throughout Northeast Ohio, Tim teaches people how to grow their own food, raise egg-laying chickens, compost, fertilize and control pests.   Tim resides in Lorain, Ohio with his family and his chickens (he built his coop from scratch).

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October 26th, 2010

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2010 Chicken Coop Design Competition

October 19th, 2010

In an effort to connect the local food movement (especially urban chicken keeping) and the design community with our work in Uganda, we launched a Chicken Coop Design Competition.

On July 21, 2010, we invited farmers, inventors, architects, designers, artists – ANYONE – to design a small-flock, backyard chicken coop that integrates aesthetics with utility, creatively (re)uses local materials and is ideal for urban settings.

The deadline for submissions was October 10th and the entries came in from all over the world — Italy, UK, Serbia, Pakistan, France, Quebec, Spain, India, South Africa and several of the 50 states!

A jury will pick one winner, up to 4 finalists and 10 honorable mentions.  There will also be a people’s choice prize winner.

We hope to modify the winning design(s) and build coops for our project participants in Uganda.

All of the chicken coop designs will be on display for public view at an exhibition in Cleveland on Friday, November 26 – more details to come.

Thanks and good luck to everyone that entered the competition!

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