The annual design competition challenges teams of architects, engineers and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food. The large-scale sculptures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest to help provide families with a holiday meal. This annual event will take place from November 2-14.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Canstruction at Brookfield Place, the 30th annual Canstruction New York event, and the 40th anniversary of City Harvest.
About the 2022 Teams ~ The 21 teams competing in this year’s competition include, AKF, Arup, BluEdge, CRTKL, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, EP Engineering, Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP, HLW International LLP, HOK, KPFF Consulting Engineers, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers, Microdesk, Inc., NV5, Perkins Eastman, Severud Associates, Simpson Grumpertz & Heger, Stantec, Thornton Tomasetti, Urban Architectural Initiatives RA PC, and WSP USA.
About Jury Deliberation ~ On November 9, a panel of jurors will be tasked with selecting winners from the 21 creative Canstruction sculptures within the following categories: Best Original Design, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, and two honorable mentions.
Jurors include, Eitan Bernath, City Harvest Food Council member, chef, cookbook author, and principal culinary contributor to the Drew Barrymore Show; Anita Lo, City Harvest Food Council member, chef, and cookbook author; Tara Cox, Managing Editor, Real Simple Magazine; and John G. Duffy, Board of Directors, Adam J. Lewis Academy.
About People’s Choice Award ~ You may also vote for your favorite sculpture, which will be awarded the People’s Choice award. Voting opens November 3rd and runs through November 14th.
About Canstruction ~ Canstruction® New York is a 501(c)(3) Corporation. Canstruction, founded by the SDA, whose purpose is to advance management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking, leadership, and resources. Canstruction hosts competitions and events worldwide, creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of non- perishable food.
Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction® events in over 100 cities each year. The can art sculptures are on exhibit to the public in each city where a competition is held. The public is invited to donate non-perishable food items during the exhibition. At the close of an exhibition, all food from the structures and public donations are donated to local food banks.
Canstruction® New York has donated over 2 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1993, and over 1.2 million pounds to City Harvest since 2006. Since 1992, Canstruction® has raised nearly 82 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt. Donate to Canstruction New York Inc. Here.
About City Harvest ~ City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. This year, we will rescue at least 75 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it—free of charge—to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, community partners and our own Mobile Markets across the five boroughs. We work alongside our community partners to boost community capacity, expand nutrition education, and strengthen local food systems. For 40 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time.
Canstruction will be on view from November 3 – 14 from 10am to 8pm at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, NYC.