TORONTO — The Canstruction Toronto Committee and partners have decided to cancel this year’s Canstruction event scheduled for June, due to the growing concerns around the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The annual international competition, which aims to raise awareness about the growing hunger gap, brings teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors and students in design faculties together to design and build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10 foot by 10 foot by eight-foot space.
Following the competition and exhibition, the builds are “deconstructed” and the cans are donated to Toronto’s largest community food bank, the Daily Bread Food Bank.
“This decision was based on the safety and health of our teams, planning restrictions — including purchasing bulk food at this time, and the recommendation to practice social distancing,” indicates an email from Canstruction Toronto.
Registration opened in January and designs were submitted at the end of February. The competition itself, build night, was supposed take place June 1 at the Toronto-Dominion Centre in Toronto. The judging and awards gala was to be held June 2 and the structures were supposed be open to the public from June 2 to 6, with deconstruction taking place on June 6.
Designs that have been submitted may be used at the next event.