What are those Bird Houses!?

You may be wondering why Iowa State has decided to throw up a bunch of bird houses outside the north doors of Carver hall. I mean, isn’t it about time for birds to begin their migrations south for the winter?! On the other hand, I think we are all looking for a place to put all those pesky crows that happen to “excrete droppings” all over the place during the fall at Iowa State.

Though, the answer is much simpler! These lovely bird houses were the classic product of some Iowa State design students. Students taking Architecture 221 (Architecture History), had the opportunity for a little extra credit when the teacher assigned this bird house project.

“We had been assigned a style of architecture that we learned about [in class] and had to create our own style of bird house with aspects of the style integrated in [the bird house],” said Thomas Thatcher, a sophomore Architecture student.

Personally, I love the idea of having student work displayed on and around campus. I think the bird houses were a great idea (although I think the timing could have been better!), and I hope to see more professors getting creative with student projects!

The students were able to take their bird houses off the trees Monday afternoon, though a few are still left up. If you get a chance, stop by and check them out!

Below are some pictures of the bird houses, if ¬†you don’t get a chance to see them in person.





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