CANstruction: A Can-Do Design Competition

Highlights from the 19th-annual Canstruction Competition, hosted in New York City.

  1. CANstruction

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    Annabel Willis

    A nonprofit charitable organization founded in 1993, Canstruction currently sponsors competitions in more than 100 cities across America and abroad. Since its inception, the group has donated more than 10 million cans of food to organizations working to fight hunger.

  2. CANgry Birds

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    Annabel Willis

    CANgry Birds—a shout out to the wildly popular video game—was built by DeSimone Consulting Engineers.

  3. Lobster Claw Bootie

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    Annabel Willis

    The five-member team from design firm Arup 'reCANstructed' the Alexander McQueen Lobster Claw bootie made famous by Lady Gaga.

  4. Clock Tower

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    Annabel Willis

    It took 1,950 cans of tuna, salsa, tomato sauce, and breadcrumbs to build "Time to End Hunger," by Langan Engineering and John Fotiadis Architect.

  5. Brooklyn Bridge

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    Annabel Willis

    "Suspending Hunger," a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge built by the engineering firm Skanska USA, won the prize for Best Structural Ingenuity at the 19th-annual Canstruction competition.

  6. Seahorse

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    Annabel Willis

    Structural engineers from Gilsanz Murray Steficek used 2,150 tins of tuna to create their whimsical seahorse, which won an honorable mention.

  7. CANtanic

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    Annabel Willis

    "The Titanic reminds us that nothing is unsinkable," global hunger included, said the team of engineers from Robert Silman Associates.

  8. Giving Hunger the Boot

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    Annabel Willis

    With the 4,300 cans of food GACE Consulting Engineers used to build "Giving Hunger the Boot," City Harvest can feed 1,800 hungry New Yorkers.

  9. CANfreighter

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    Annabel Willis

    More than 1,725 cans were used to create The CANtainership, built by the New York City design company Halcrow, Inc.

  10. Loaded Dice

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    Annabel Willis

    "Loaded Dice," by the engineering firm Gensler and WSP Flack + Kurtz, was the Jurors' Favorite in the 19th-annual CANstruction event in New York City.

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