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NYC architects present high-concept designs for UWS cats

February 02, 2014 11:00AM

High-concept cat shelters

WEEKENDEDITION Uptown strays may soon be living a life of luxury thanks to shelters designed by prestigious New York City architects.

Designers presented their one or two cat-sized structures at an event Thursday. One of the shelters was a three-story, asymmetrical model painted gray and bright orange in a Bauhaus style.

“We decided to make it whimsical,” architect Leslie Farrell said about the Bauhaus-inspired structure she is developing with the design firm Francis Cauffman. Farrell is the founder of the nonprofit Architects for Animals, which aims to humanely reduce the feral cat population, according to DNAinfo.

Another team, consisting of Ely Valipay and her partner Haleh Atabaki, designed a shelter that looks like a boulder, which is meant to blend in with an Upper West Side backyard .

When completed the high-design shelters will be placed in areas of the Upper West Side with known stray cat populations. [DNAinfo]Christopher Cameron

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