3rd Annual Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter (Sneak Peek!)

The 3rd Annual Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter takes place tonight and is a collaboration between The Mayor’s Alliance and local architects benefits the New York City Feral Cat Initiative. 

NYC Feral Cat Initiative

The event raises money for feral cat caretakers as well as heightening awareness around the needs of the feral cat communities and importance of TNR (Trap Neuter Return/Release). Additionally, the feral cat homes created for the event will be donated to local feral communities!

While most people won’t get to see the cat houses until tonight’s reception. I was fortunately enough to get a sneak peek at today’s press event, so now you get a preview too!

Architects for Cats Cat Coop

Leslie Farrell, founder of Architects for Animals, had the idea for the event three years ago while creating winter shelters for the cats in her local feral colony.  She took one look at the ugly foam box and as an architect knew instinctively there was room for improvement!

Tin Hut Kathyrn Walton of The American Street Cat

Tin Hut Friskies Insulation

Each of the 300 tin can is filled with insulation to keep the kitties warm!

Faronsworth House

The design teams are given basic guidelines – make sure the shelters are waterproof, warm, portable and safe for animals - and the rest is up to them.

This year, Leslie and the Mayor’s Alliance decided to have each design team meet with the feral caretaker who would ultimately receive the structure so that they could collaborate and ensure the shelters not only looked nice but were as functional as possible!

 Francis Cauffman Architects for Animals5.02.56 PM

The design teams are given basic guidelines – make sure the shelters are waterproof, warm, portable and safe for animals – and the rest is up to them.

This year, Leslie and the Mayor’s Alliance decided to have each design team meet with the feral caretaker who would ultimately receive the structure so that they could collaborate and ensure the shelters not only looked nice but were as functional as possible!

Zimmerman Workshop Architects for Animals

If you cannot make the event, you can still always donate to the cause. A donation of $55 to nycferalcat.org buys a winter shelter like this one for some lucky area kitties!

NYC Feral Initiative

While I was getting a sneak peek I ran into Wendy Diamond and mugged for a shot. Hope Diamond decided to test drive the kitty homes (hope the kitties don’t pick up on her scent!)

Wendy Diamond and Tamar Arslanian with Baby Hope

TinHutBabyHope

 

NOTE: This year’s participating architectural firms include industry giants H3 Hardy Collaborative Architecture; Francis Cauffman Architects; M Moser Associates; Callison Barteluce; Stonehill & Taylor Architects, with a team of students from City College; Zimmerman Workshop; Kathryn Walton of The American Street Cat (TASC); and Pilot Projects Design Collective.

 

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11 Responses to 3rd Annual Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter (Sneak Peek!)

  1. Omc! They are incredible! Our feral cats would love Cat Coop and the one with fire escape. Thanks for the sneak peak!

  2. oops we’re so excited we can’t spell “peek”.

  3. These are great!! Can’t wait to read more about tonight from YOU!!

  4. We could have some fun with the Cat Coop or Cauffman ‘fire escape’. Lots of climbing options on either.

    Purrrrrrss to the Feral Initiative, from a bunch of former ferals.

  5. The thing I love most about these shelters is the way they bring our community cats out into the open. It seems like most communities want to hid the feral and stray cats in their neighborhood. With structures like these the community is saying, Look! We take care of even the least powerful members of our community. On another note, …The Blog of Otis gives excellent instructions on making a shelter for the limbo cats in your community. They call it the Toastitron, in case anyone’s looking for ways to create their own shelter for the cat population in their community.

  6. Cindie says:

    Is there a link anywhere for the plans for these? Or possibly a donation page where plans could be purchased?

  7. Those are fabulous! I so wish our complex was more community cat friendly and would let something like these be added to areas in the community.

  8. Judy says:

    This is a fabulous concept and I hope that many communities will take advantage of what they have to offer! Feral Kitties Rock!

  9. It sure is wonderful when cats can be celebrated with such creativity and passion! I dream for a day when all communites can embrace outdoor cats with compassion and consideration. Thanks for sharing this!

  10. Laura Z says:

    It was fantastic to meet you and see these wonderful works of art on behalf of the beautiful and elusive feral cats, We love ours in Jersey City–name all of them, track them, and where possible we rescue.

  11. Teal says:

    Thought I was the only neighbor hood “nut” to worry about my back yard squatters. I have trapped all the feral cats, had theirs shots done & fixed them. I love all the ideas on this page, will have to try a few.
    We also have two skunks in our yard, one almost completely white, & an Opossum and a whole family of raccoon. Guess they know where to show up for food.

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