Iowa State University architecture students, who might one day design a space for you to make your nest, have tested their ingenuity by designing and building chicken coops.

"These are full scale and metaphors for human spaces," associate professor Cameron Campbell, a backyard chicken raiser himself, said in a news release. "We do this project because it's not a model. The students are working at full scale and experimenting with different living requirements - nesting versus roosting, for example."


The 87 students who participated in the project are part of ISU's professional architecture degree program.

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Their coops, some made of vinyl siding, others of found and donated materials, are on display through Oct. 25 on the southeast lawn of the College of Design. The will be sold at auction at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26 during the Ames Farmers Market in the parking lot of Wheatsfield Cooperative Grocery, 413 Northwestern Ave. Proceeds will reimburse student costs, with any profits going to the Iowa State student chapter of the American Institute of Architects.


Students were told to meet the needs of chickens, all the while keeping human creature comforts in mind.


Chickens need to have a space to live and a space to range, a place to rest and a place to lay eggs. They need shade from the sun and shelter from predators. We're not certain whether there is a metaphor to be drawn between foxes and cunning politicians whose shenanigans threaten economic security.


Little doubt though that the chickens that will dwell in these coops will live in high fashion.


One coop, "The Chick Inn," features vinyl siding, a double-hung window and solar lights. There's a circular ramp/stairway, a loft bed, a sliding door, removable walls, awning windows and plumbing, according to the news release. Click here for the full story from ISU.