EVENTS: Canstruction (10.30.17)
One of our favorite annual events returns!
The Canstruction competition returns to Brookfield Place for its 25th anniversary (+10 Years at Brookfield Place!), starting this Thursday, November 2nd through November 15. The annual design competition and unique food charity challenges teams of architects, engineers and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food that are then donated to City Harvest. Talk about form and function!
Think about it this way....10 years = That's 936,558 cans of food (or 752,617 lbs) that have fed hungry New Yorkers for over a decade! Incredible.
We spoke with the team to learn more about how they're celebrating 25 years, and what you can expect this year!
Tell us about Canstruction...
Canstruction at Brookfield Place is the largest annual donation of canned food from a single event to City Harvest. An incredibly popular artistic event, last year’s competition welcomed over 40,000 visitors, allowing City Harvest to collect 64,000 pounds of food – enough to feed more than 21,000 hungry families in New York City for one day.
Founded by the Society for Design Administration New York Chapter in 1992, Canstruction® is 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.
What can visitors expect this year?
26 teams will compete for awards by building larger-than-life creations from unopened cans of food, which are then disassembled and donated to City Harvest. The teams competing are comprised of New York’s top architects, engineers, and students who plan their submissions for months in advance, with visions of larger-than-life pop art that will spark reflection. The planning culminates in an energetic evening where all participants must finish their designs in one overnight build. Awards will be given in different categories such as Best Meal, Structural Integrity, People’s Choice, and Best Original Design.
We love visiting Brookfield Place to see the sculptures, but what happens after Canstruction is over?
All of the food from both the competition and visitor donations are donated to City Harvest, making Canstruction the largest annual donation of canned food from a single event to the organization. Founded in 1982, City Harvest is the world’s first food rescue organization, helping to feed New Yorkers in need by collecting high-quality food and delivering it to soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs.
How can locals get involved?
While admission to Canstruction is free, visitors are encouraged to contribute by bringing non-perishable cans of food for donation at the 2nd level of 230 Vesey Street.