30 Dec '11, 10am

Architects Compete to Design Cat Houses for New York's Stray and Feral Tabbies

Architects Compete to Design Cat Houses for New York's Stray and Feral Tabbies

co adapative architecture /Public Domain . The 2011 Architects for Animals cat house winner. It could have been a cat fight but it wasn't. The winner of the second annual Architects for Animals competition to design a shelter for New York’s stray cats was a purrfect choice. Designed by a Brooklyn firm, Co Adaptive Architecture , the shiny yellow cat house, made out of recycled and donated materials, is a motel for stray and feral cats. Of which, it turns out, New York City has more than 10,000. The winning design , resembling a bright yellow garbage can, is also solar powered and topped with a green roof (of moss). It includes a pressure sensor, LED light, and a radio transmitter that lights up when occupied. It sends information to a base station that records the weight of the cat and the duration of its stay. Needless to say the cat house has to be located in a safe loca...

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