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25th Competition and Food Drive exhibition

November 2, 2017 - November 15, 2017

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Brookfield Place New York (BFPL)
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10821

An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges 26 teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners: 

    • Best Original Design – Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA): A Rising Tide
    • Best Use of Labels – Simpson Gumpertz & Heger: Fearless in the Face of Hunger
    • Structural Ingenuity  GACE Consulting Engineers: Pining to End Hunger
    • Best Meal – Gensler: Popeye the Sailor CAN
    • Honorable Mention – DeSimone Consulting Engineers: The Giving Tree
    • Honorable Mention – Gannett Fleming – Beauty and the Feast
    • Most Cans – Turner Construction Company: On Track to End Hunger with 7,250 cans
    • People’s Choice – DeSimone Consulting Engineers: The Giving Tree 



Admission is free! If you’d like to contribute to Canstruction you can drop off non-perishable food items in the donation bin located at 230 Vesey, 2nd level.


Founded by the Society for Design Administration New York Chapter in 1992, Canstruction® is a trademarked design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America and around the world. Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these design professionals compete to design and build giant structures made entirely out of full cans of food. It takes 8-12 weeks of design time and thousands of cans of food to create a structure that is built in a single night. The results are displayed to the public as magnificent sculpture exhibits in each city where a competition is held.

The public is invited to donate canned food at the time of the exhibition. At the close of the exhibitions, the cans of food are donated to local food banks. New York is one of more than 150 cities around the world taking part in Canstruction International Competition, which has donated more than 40 million pounds of food to local hunger relief programs since its founding.


City Harvest pioneered food rescue in 1982 and, this year, will collect 59 million pounds of excess food to help feed the nearly 1.3 million New Yorkers struggling to put meals on their tables. Through relationships with farms, grocers, restaurants, and manufacturers, City Harvest collects nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs across the five boroughs. In addition, our Healthy Neighborhoods initiative address long term food insecurity through community partnerships that work to increase access to affordable and wholesome food. To learn more about food rescue, Healthy Neighborhoods, and fighting hunger in New York City, visit cityharvest.org.


Canstruction map


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