New York’s animal lovers have one less thing to worry about. And so do the city’s stray cats. Local architects donated their design and engineering skills to an animal-rescue mission by designing warm, weatherproof, portable and safe shelters for New York City’s stray cats. The architects and designers volunteered their efforts to design and build the cat shelters for the second annual Architects for Animals competition, sponsored by the non-profit Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals.
There are more than 10,000 stray cats in New York City, according to Co Adaptive Architecture, a Brooklyn-based socially and environmentally conscious design firm. Co Adaptive collaborated with architect Kathryn Walton, founder of the non-profit organization The American Street Cat, Inc., to win this year’s competition. Their shelter, constructed entirely from recycled and donated materials, is equipped with all sorts of high tech features that will both make the cats comfortable and help community members be connected to the cats. Such features include a pressure sensor, LED light, and a radio transmitter that lights up when occupied and sends information to a system that can post the weight of the cat and the duration of its stay on the web in real time.
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