Dedicated to Gary Larson.
I am lucky to work with atypical tasks and unusual users. In the last ten years, I’ve learned to squeeze a writer’s studio into a three-foot wide gap between buildings, to fit a family of six into a house on a forested lot where no trees could be cut, and to sensorially reproduce Poland’s 1979 “winter of the century.” But this time I was astonished. The request was: „Will you design a chicken coop?” This is the very first time that users of my design will NOT be humans. To add to the abstraction, the creatures who will inhabit the structure are distant cousins of the fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex. Still, they need safety, comfort, and decent ventilation. They fight and have social lives; they require warmth and care. They lay eggs.