TORONTO — Teams of engineers, architects, designers and students are invited to take part in the 19th annual Canstruction Toronto competition taking place at the Toronto Dominion Centre.
Canstruction is an annual international design and build event to raise awareness about the growing hunger gap. ‘Canstructures’ are made entirely from canned foods within a 10-foot-by-10-foot-by-eight-foot space. Teams compete for the titles of Best Design, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and People’s Choice.
The deadline for registration is Jan. 19 with a design submission deadline of Feb. 16. Build night is May 14. A jury will judge the completed canstructures anonymously on May 15 and the winners will be announced at an evening reception held at the Design Exchange.
After the competition and exhibition, the structures are deconstructed and all of the cans are donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank, the largest provider of food relief in the Greater Toronto Area. ‘Decanstruction’ will take place May 19.
Last year, Canstruction teams donated 56,739 pounds of shelf-stable food to the Daily Bread Food Bank, which was distributed to its member agencies’ meal programs and community-based food banks, to supply 120,000 client visits, states a release.
Since the event started in Toronto in 1999, Canstruction Toronto has donated almost one million pounds of food. Canstruction events are held in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.
“While the holiday season is on, it’s typically a high donation time for food banks, but contributions drop almost as soon as the festivities end — and we have 175 food programs and 90,000 people depending on us, so that’s a scary prospect,” said Gail Nyberg, executive director of the Daily Bread Food Bank, in a statement. “Canstruction’s support is perfectly timed: it’s an infusion of tens of thousands of pounds of nutritious food just when our stock is getting low. It also raises awareness of hunger and poverty in this city in a truly unique way.”