Brookfield Place NYC Getting Ready for the Annual Canstruction Competition 2019



Water We going To Do About Hunter? ~ in a unique design of the Brooklyn Bridge and Watertower by AKF Group

The 27th Annual Canstruction New York Design/Build Competition will take place from November 7-21, 2019, on exhibit within the beautiful ten-story, glass-vaulted, Winter Garden Atrium at Brookfield Place.

Snoopy Soars to the Moon

The non-profit organization, Canstruction, brings together more than 30 top architectural and engineering firms, grouped into Teams, for an over-night ‘Canstruction Competition‘ within the first two floors of Brookfield Place.

Overflowing Ramen
e Pluribus Unum

The teams are mentored by design professionals, working with them from 8-12 weeks on designs to create structures that can be built in a single night ~ And working all night, each team creates an architectural masterpiece made of unopened food cans to vie for such titles as ‘Best Original Design’; ‘Best Use of Labels’; ‘Best Meal’; ‘Most Cans’ and more, including the People’s Choice Award where the public chimes in on a favorite.

Ironing out Hunter ~ The Flatiron Building
A slide view of ‘Ironing out Hunter’ ~ The Flatiron Building

“We are excited to welcome Canstruction back to Brookfield Place for its 12th year,” said Elysa Marden, Vice President of Arts Brookfield. “Arts Brookfield is proud to demonstrate our commitment to our local community and kick off the season of giving back in such a meaningful way.”

For All CANkind
One Small CAN for Mankind

The dates for this year’s competition are:

  • November 7 – Canstruction opens to the public
  • November 11 – Jury Day
  • November 21 – Canstruction closes at 6 p.m.
Yankee Stadium

“We now have several generations of Canstruction fans. Visitors who came to the exhibit as children now come with their children and extended family – children, parents, and grandparents,” said Amy Nanni, CDFA, SDA New York Director and Canstruction New York Chair. “Visiting in person is the best way to see the sculptures because images don’t do their magnificence justice. By inviting the public to donate non-perishable food to City Harvest, we hope to inspire a culture of giving that strengthens our community.”

Lifting Hunger Away

“In a city that has so much, it’s hard to believe that nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers are struggling to put meals on their tables,” said Chief Executive Officer of City Harvest, Jilly Stephens. “City Harvest is committed to feeding our neighbors in need, and thanks to the generous support of partners like Canstruction, we will rescue 64 million pounds of food this year and deliver it to hundreds of community food programs across New York City.”

Water We going To Do About Hunter? ~ in a unique design of the Brooklyn Bridge and Watertower by AKF Group

Following the exhibition, the structures are deconstructed and the cans are donated to City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization. This unique event results in the largest annual donation of canned food from a single event to City Harvest.

Gone CANping

Canstruction was founded in 1992 by the Society for Design Administration New York Chapter.  Now, New York City is joined by over 150 cities across North America and other countries who will hold Canstruction Competitions in the coming year. In the end, the event not only raises public awareness, but collects millions of pounds of food for local food banks. In New York, City Harvest is the recipient.

Food Hero!

Canstruction New York will be on view from November 1-21, from 10am to 8pm daily at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, NYC. Admission is free. If you would like to contribute, you can drop off a non-perishable food item in the donation bin located on the second level.


Related programming includes Junior Events, ages 10-18, and University Events, using art, design, math and problem solving skills.

Canstruction 2019 at Brookfield Place NYC

Canstruction New York is presented in partnership with Arts Brookfield, best known for making world-class cultural experiences accessible and presenting diversity in the arts. For more information about Canstruction New York as well as Arts Brookfield’s full schedule of events visit

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