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exhibition, family, sculpture

November 7, 2019 - November 21, 2019


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

Canstruction is an extraordinary annual design competition and the most unique food charity in the world! It 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.

While admission is free, we encourage visitors to bring cans of food to donate.

*Exhibit closes early on Nov 21.


MAP: View a map of Canstruction 2019 at BFPL here.

VOTE: Click here to vote for the People’s Choice. Winner will be announced on November 22.

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.


Canstruction International Award winners, which go on to the International Awards Competition:

Best Original Design: LERA
Structural Ingenuity: Pelli Clarke Pelli
Best Meal: RAND
Most Cans: WSP USA
Best Use of Labels: Gensler
People’s Choice: VOTE HERE! Announced on November 22.

Canstruction New York Award winners, which are only given locally:

Cheri C. Melillo Award (nicknamed the Cheri): Howard L Zimmerman Architects
Honorable Mention: Microdesk & Thornton Tomasetti


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 is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 64 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs empower individuals through nutrition education, increase our partners’ capacity, and strengthen the local food system, helping New Yorkers who are experiencing food insecurity to access, afford, and consume nutritious food. To learn more about our work, visit cityharvest.org.

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