Monday, May 19, 2008

Press about RECIPE

"COOP DE GRACE: Students Give Facelift to God's Vineyard"
The Times Picayune
by Nina Wolgelenter
Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Architecture Students Win JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition"
Record, Washington Univeristy in St. Louis
by Liam Otten
Monday, May 19, 2008

"New Orleans Is the Site of Architecture Student Projects:
Class Creates Chicken Coop, Rehab Plan"
Record, Washington Univeristy in St. Louis
by Liam Otten
Thursday, May 8, 2008

"Central City Project Wins Student Contest: Prize Is $25,000 to Start Renovation"
The Times Picayune, by Rebecca Mowbray, Thursday, May 8, 2008

"College Students’ Plan to Restore Historic New Orleans Building and Revive O.C. Haley Boulevard Earns $25,000 in Chase Competition"

"Central City Incubator Moving Forward"

WWL TV Eyewitness Morning News Interview- May 7, 2008

Wash. U./MIT Team Wins 2008 JP Morgan Chase Community Development Competition!

pictured from left to right: Leigh Heller (WU), Kathleen Johnson (WU), Lizzy Bochner (WU), Alla Agafonov (WU), John Kallenborn (New Orleans President of Chase), Claudia Bode (WU), Ed Blakely (Executive Director for Recovery Management), Lakshmi Sridaran (MIT), Holly Jo Sparks (MIT), Andrew Stern (WU), Johnny Chen (WU), John Kleinschmidt (WU), Derek Hoeferlin (WU Faculty Advisor), Not Pictured: Nick Berube (WU), Aaron Williams (WU), Karl Seidman (MIT Faculty Advisor), Phyllis Cassidy (Good Work Network Executive Director)
(photo- Martinez Photography)

The 2008 JPMorgan Chase Community Development Competition was held in New Orleans. This real world learning experience gives a team of students an opportunity to partner with a New Orleans nonprofit organization to develop a real estate project that is feasible, sustainable, and helps to build and strengthen the local community.

Download the full competition submission pdf titled
"The Franz Building: From Recovery to Rebirth" at:

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Chase Competition Presentation + WWL TV Interview

left to right: Holly Jo, Lakshmi, Alla and John deliver presentation to jury at Loews Hotel in New Orleans, May 6, 2008

Alla Agafonov's rendering of a restored Franz Building OC Haley Blvd. elevation

Johnny Chen's sectional perspective of a renovated Franz Building

Johnny Chen's and John Kleinschmidt's rendering of Good Work Network's "Public Presence Flexible Space" looking out a restored Franz Building storefront towards OC Haley Blvd.

John and Lakshmi interviewed on WWL TV

The Test: The Chickens' (and Geese's) Approval.

night shots: note diagonal roosting bars with silhouettes of chickens

chickens actually roosting
polycarbonate translucent panels and transparent louvers, galvanized perforated steel frame, corrugated min-rib metal roof, and plywood nesting boxes with hay inlay

goose coop

Set up of the Coops at God's Vineyard, NOLA

Rebuilding the chicken coop for the third time in its permanent location in the garden:

Components after unloading from cargo van

Sequence of Assembly

pictured left to right: Kathleen, Noel, Lizzy, Leigh, Claudia, a chicken, Andrew, Johnny, Derek

The Breakdown of the Chicken Coop

The coop: as visible from outside the community garden.

The client with the coop:

The Building Process:


The foundation is made of concrete boots inset with short perforated metal angles.

The foundation has to be laid once the coop is assembled to guarantee orthogonal orientation of the coop structure.

The dirt is dug out from underneath the coop, the boots are set in, and then the coop is bolted to the angles.


The coop is put together with perforated steel angles allowing for mostly nut and bolt connections and a minimal amount of drilling.

Steel angles are used for bracing and supporting.


The polycarbonate panels act as bracing as well as enclosing the coop. The panels are perforated with louvers that allow for cross ventilation.

The panels all come apart as individual parts of the coop.

The roof is slightly lifted from the framework allowing for cross ventilation in both directions

The corrugated roof directs water and debris down the coop and can double as water collection.

The corrugated panels make up both the sliding chicken door and human door

(2-foot tall chicken door pictured).

The Drive: StL to NOLA

The chicken coop kit of parts, as well as the model driving in a 15 person passenger van to New Orleans with John and Alla.