TORONTO — Teams of architects, engineers, designers and contractors will take part in CANstruction, an international annual design and build competition to raise awareness about the growing hunger gap, and the timing couldn’t be better as food banks are struggling as demand continues to grow.
The 21st event, which is resuming this year after a three-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges participants to create structures completely from canned food donations. It is one of the largest private donors to the Daily Bread Food Bank and challenges architectural, engineering and construction firms to create structures from full cans of food that are then dismantled and donated to the food bank.
During CANstruction in 2019, teams donated 68,785 pounds of shelf-stable food, which was distributed to its member agencies’ meal programs and community-based food banks, feeding about 120,000 people.
Participants are required to design structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10-foot-by-10-foot-by-eight-foot space.
The event will take place at the Toronto-Dominion Centre, located at 79 Wellington St. W. in Toronto. May 15 is Build Night, starting at 5 p.m. Judging and awards will take place May 16 and there will be a preview of builds at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The creations will be on display from May 16 to 19 for the People’s Choice Award voting. “Decanstruction” and donation will take place May 20.
The winning entries are recognized in the following categories: best design; best use of labels; best meal; structural ingenuity; and people’s choice.