The 28th Annual Canstruction New York 2020-21 is a Virtual Event, Raising Money for City Harvest




2020 Was Bananas by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. Image courtesy Canstruction. You are looking at 4,118 virtual cans!

The non-profit organization, Canstruction, has been hosting an annual event, raising money for City Harvest for twenty-seven years. Not skipping a beat, Canstruction is presenting its 28th Edition virtually!

Past Editions have brought more than thirty top architectural and engineering firms together, grouped in teams, for a marathon, over-night ‘Canstruction Competition’ on the two floors of Brookfield Place.

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. 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 ~ with the People’s Choice Award, where the public chimes in on a favorite.

Rosie The Riveter by Perkins Eastman. Image courtesy Canstruction. You are looking at 5,498 virtual cans!

Following the exhibitions, the structures are deconstructed and the cans are donated to City Harvest. This Event is the largest annual donation of canned food from a single event to City Harvest.

This year, due to COVID-19, Canstruction New York 2020-21 will be a Virtual Design Exhibit. Teams have submitted 3D renderings for visualization using the specifications of actual canned food items, right down to the labels!

Teams must raise funds to cover costs of the virtual cans in their virtual build, on the City Harvest team donation page.

Take a Stand by LERA Consulting Structural Engineers. Image courtesy Canstruction. You care looking at 1,388 virtual cans!

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. All donations go directly to City Harvest and are tax deductible.

Canstruction New York 2020-21 Virtual Design Exhibit will be on line from November 18, 2020 through January 13, 2021.

……and the Winner is ~ Rosie the Riveter by Perkins Eastman

…….and the winner is Rosie the Riveter by Perkins Eastman. Check out the winner as Melba Wilson (of the famed Melba’s Restaurant) makes the announcement!


It’s not too late to make a contribution.

A look back at Canstruction’s 27th Edition (2019) and the 26th Edition (2018)