Winter is tough times for feral and stray cats, especially in the tough northeast and midwest climates. Fortunately, many generous cat lovers take the time to build winter shelters for cat colonies to stay warm in. Unfortunately, said shelters are made with function rather than form in mind, which can lead to some trying conversations with homeowners who may not be to keen on placing a glorified Rubbermaid container in their front or back yards.
To the rescue: New York City architects.
Tonight, The Switzer Group hosts Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter, an event which will showcase winter shelters as imagined by nine architecture and design firms, including Cannon Design, Gruzen Samton, and Ryall Porter Sheridan Architects.
After the show, the shelters will be donated to NYC Feral Cat Initiative, who will place the shelters within colonies that need them.
Architects for Animals: Giving Shelter
December 7, 2010, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Steelcase Showroom
4 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
We hope to have a follow up post in the next few days with exclusive photos from the event, so please check back! And if you’re interested in making a warm haven for strays in your neighborhood, check out Leda’s post on how to make a quick and easy winter shelter.