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exhibition, family, sculpture

November 2, 2018 - November 15, 2018


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

*Exhibit closes at 6pm on November 15.

An extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world, Canstruction challenges 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. In 2018, Canstruction is celebrating its 26th Anniversary at Brookfield Place New York. (See below for a printable Canstruction map.)


Awards will be granted by a panel of jurors in the following categories: Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Most Cans, Cheri C. Melillo Award, Best Use of Labels, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice.

We’re excited to announce winners from the juried portion of the competition! 

– Best Original Design: RAND Engineering Time’s Up For Hunger
– Structural Ingenuity: HOK in New York CAN-un-DRUM
– Best Meal: AKF Group Gnome More Hunger
– Most Cans: WSP USA The Grand CANyon

– Cheri C. Melillo Award: WB Engineers Kong-quer Hunger
– Best Use of Labels: WSP USA The Grand CANyon

– Honorable Mention: LERA Consulting Structural Engineers Outrunning Hunger, STUDIOS Architecture Now You See it, Now You Don’t


If you’d like to contribute to City Harvest’s food drive, non-perishable food items can be donated at Brookfield Place. Our donation bin can be found on the 2nd level (near the Winter Garden escalator) and will be open for collection throughout the exhibition. Online donations to support City Harvest’s food rescue and food security programs can be made HERE.

Founded by the Society for Design Administration New York Chapter in 1992, Canstruction® is a trademarked design/build competition currently held in cities around the world.  Canstruction New York has helmed the local competition for 25 years and is a 501(c)3, all-volunteer organization. This year, thirty teams of architects, engineers, contractors and students mentored by these design professionals will design and build giant structures made entirely out of full cans of food.  The results are displayed for two weeks to the public as magnificent sculpture exhibits at Brookfield Place (BFPL). Donations to Canstruction can be made here.

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 City Harvest.

About City Harvest
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 addresses long-term food insecurity through community partnerships that work to increase access to affordable and wholesome food.

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