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Urban Chicks

This proposal examines opportunities for re-introducing farms to an urban setting by producing a localized and sustainable farming solution. First, an early analysis of immigrant communities such as Afghan Muslims and Asian communities examines the relationship between non-western food consumption and environmental implications. This led to identifying typologies unique to Flushing, Queens, finding spatial opportunities to mediate coexistence between humans and chickens. These typologies consider private and public realms of single-family homes, houses of worship, abandoned buildings, and community gardens.

“Non-building” architecture is explored through mesh and timber construction, emphasizing the ease and flexibility of coexistence. A typical house explores cohabitation between humans and chickens. In contrast, a community garden interweaves public human activities with chicken coops. The abandoned building includes exhibitions and a butcher adhering to non-western poultry practices catering to Halal, Kosher, and non-faith-based meat processing. Finally, the House-Mosque serves as the table-end restaurant and herb garden engaging visitors and chickens.