Over the last several years, keeping backyard chickens has become a national phenomenon. And as flocks migrate from rural homesteads to suburban and urban locales, a question arises – how can a person house one’s birds in a safe, sanitary, and aesthetically pleasing way, so as not to tick off the neighbors? Phoenix Books is proud to present Reinventing the Chicken Coop, a presentation by Matt Wolpe on building contemporary, well-designed chicken shelters for the urban and suburban enthusiast.
In their book Reinventing the Chicken Coop, Wolpe and coauthor Kevin McElroy have expanded the definition of what a coop is and can be; just as the domain of the chicken has expanded from the farm to urban and suburban backyards, Wolpe and McElroy have expanded the design of the chicken shelter from the utilitarian to a proud statement of sustainability and individuality.
As evidenced by the proliferation of community-organized “Tours de Coops” across the country, chicken-keepers are on a quest to find that perfect coop — one that can serve multiple purposes, integrate seamlessly into urban and suburban environments, and in general function better in the contemporary world. Reinventing the Chicken Coop leads their way.
Kevin McElroy and Matthew Wolpe are the owners of Just Fine Design/Build, a studio that produces original handmade furniture and small structures. Their chicken coop design Chick-in-a-Box won Editor’s Choice for Design at the Bay Area Maker Faire and was featured on the blogs of Make magazine, Farmhouse Modern, and TreeHugger. Both authors live in the Bay Area of California: McElroy in San Francisco and Wolpe in Oakland.