My human went to the Third Annual “Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter” event last Thursday. This project, which was launched in 2010, aims at helping NYC feral cats:
Every year since 2010, some of New York’s most prestigious architectural designers, through an inventive project called Architects for Animals, have been helping New York City’s feral cats by creating imaginative winter shelters to provide them with a refuge from the cold. We are delighted to present these collections of unique, inspired winter shelters for public viewing at the Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter exhibit before they are placed in locations throughout the city to provide comfort for the cats. This annual exhibition benefits the New York City Feral Cat Initiative of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
It was taking place in the place called Manhattan, very close to Columbus Circle.
I would like to start by thanking Sparkle for posting so quickly about the event (that’s how we learned, and we live in NY!), and Tamar of I Have Cat for sending the info to bloggers.
Thankfully, a lot of people showed up; the showroom was crowded.
So of course, my human didn’t even offer to bring me to the event. Okay, there was a LOT of people, but she could have offered still.
My human took the pictures during the event, so the pictures tend to be crowded too. You can see good shots of each shelter at Cat Wisdom 101 and I Have Cat. But here are my human’s.
Leslie Farrell, founder of Architects for Animals, made a short speech to thank everyone. She got a little emotional.
She invited everyone to pick some kibbles at the buffet to put in their favorite shelter’s bowl, in order to vote. Yes, furriends, despite my human pretending there would be only human food at the buffet, there were kitty kibbles!
The first one is by M. Moser Associates. You can click on the third picture to read more about these kitty pods.
See the bowl on the floor? That’s in those that people could vote by throwing kibbles in there.
The following one, Shelter A, was created by Callison Barteluce. You can also click on the third pic to see details (although the quality isn’t that great)
The following one, Swiss Cheese by Stonehill & Taylor, was entirely made of recycled materials.
The next one is a simple, one cat shelter, by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture. You can click on this one.
Since this is NYC, it’s only fair that kitties have their skyscraper (okay kinda) too. This one is by Francis Cauffman.
The last one my human took pictures of (apparently, she missed one) is quite original. It is made with recycled cat food cans (yes, cat food cans!) that are insulated. The shelter is made so that 2 to 4 cats can be inside it at the same time, but still not be too close to one another (I am not sure it is very visible on the third picture, but the inside kind of has corners). It was made by the American Street Cat. This shelter is aready being used (check here).
Last but not least, this DIY NYC Cat Fort, by Pilot Projects. Isn’t that cool?! You can find the details here.
My human was glad to see Tamar of I Have Cat and Layla of Cat Wisdom 101, that she had both met at the Rentaneko projection. She was also very glad to meet Kevin and Tracey of Animal Shelter Volunteer Life. I wish I could have meet them too!
All in all, my human says the event appeared to be successful. Let’s hope it will be able to do its part to help NYC feral kitties.
You can find more pictures here, as well as “in progress photos of a habitat for NYC’s homeless animals,” Stonehill & Taylor’s shelter, on Stonehill & Taylor’s Facebook page.
It’s sooo cool that your human actually got to go see these in purrson! We’ve been following the project for the past few years and love seeing the designs they come up with!
That is so awesome that your human got to go, along with the other NYC cat bloggers’ humans! My human wishes that L.A. would do something like that… but then, we are not famous for our sophisticated, cutting edge architecture out here. Um, ’cause it mostly isn’t sophisticated or cutting edge!
Texas, this is pawsome as well as your mom is! Oh, I would like to have a fort in my garden…, if it was bigger, I went over to each blog and they’re all fantastic! Have a furry nice sunday :)
Merci pour ce billet, très réconfortant à l’heure où, en France, certaines communes mettent à l’amende les personnes nourrissant les animaux errants…
Glop, belle initiative !
Superbes créations pour une généreuse initiative . Espèrons qu’elles fleuriront un peu partout pour les minous SDF.
What a wonderful and fantastic idea. I love that the architects were happy to give of their time and expertise for this event. Of course I do agree with you – your Mom could have at least given you the option to decline attending.
c’est très intéressant, et les abris pour les chats sont bien astucieux,. bravo.. merci pour ce compte rendu et les photos.
Opale et Sonye et Laurence
Wow Texas, that is fantastic .It’s great people give up their time :) Love all the photo’s, thanks for sharing with us. Have a wonderful Sunday xx00xx
Mollie and Alfie
What a fantastic event…..people can be ever so creative and let’s hope their creativity benefits the ferals that look for a safe place to call “home”.
Kitty Hugs, Sammy
Love reading about the coverage from everyone!! Tamar had contacted me too to blog about it but I was too lazy :) I DID tweet the info though and posted to Facebook. Those structures look awfully interesting, the cheese one? I don’t know…lol
Would have loved to have met Layla and Kevin in person (I have met Tamar twice and adore her)
BTW…where is a photo of YOU??????
Well, me? I didn’t go :-/
What a great idea!
Great idea – like the cheese-style model ;o)
How brilliant that your bean got to go. I loved seeing the designs and think maybe we like thee one with recycled cans the best.. All great though.. Hugs GJ xx
Some of those creations are awesome and I really like the concept ! Thanks for sharing this event.
What a brilliant a fun initiative. Give an architect a challenge and you’ll never be disappointed! Really interested to see them in situ. Thanks so much for posting this.
Great Post! We have a few feral kitties that call our neighborhood home and our neighbor makes sure they are fed and have shelter. Happy Sunday:)
Love these and shared at our Fb page. So glad you included a pic of the food and the Pilot project poster which I forgot!
Very impressive. Like some of the designs too. Very creative and hope the feral kitties can be taken care of now.
What a great project! I wish every cat could stay safe and warm this winter. I especially love the really modern one.
Oh my goodness!! This is so cattastic and how wonderful that you got to meet some of our favorite blogging buddies!! We hope the event was extremely successful and that some great awareness about outdoor cats was shared.
thanks for the shout out! it was nice to see you there!!
TY so much for sharing this with us!
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Thanks for the review, and I’m so glad people take this seriously!
We first read about this over at Sparkle’s and think it is absolutely awesome!
We’re so excited to see the photos of the event!!! We wrote about it too and were wishing we lived closer so we could go. So happy to hear that a lot of people came. It was also a competition, right? Do you know which shelter won?
: ) Katie & Glogirly
I haven’t read or heard anything so far but will let you know if they announce a winner.
what a fantabulous event!! How lucky your Mom lives in NY and can go to something like that…then share it with all of us!! Right, and like Glogirly asked, was there a winner?
Probably but I haven’t heard of it. Will check it out!
“This year’s winning submission was M Moser Associates’ raised, multi-story Cat Coop. Congratulations to designers Scott Francisco and Anne Chen—and, of course, to all those streets cats who are movin’ on up!”
What a great recap of this great event, Texas! We had such a good time, and really enjoyed meeting your human!
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How wonderful! Feral kitties need all our help!
What a great thing those people are doing! Alas, I have bad news about the cat shelter here in Ottawa, if I get around writing that post :(
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