Philadelphia’s Architects, Engineers, Constractors Join Forces to Create Anti-Hunger Structures From Cans

Third annual Canstruction structures to be on view April 18 – 25 at the Shops at Liberty Place

Philadelphia (March 25, 2009) – The city’s architects, designers, engineers, and contractors will team up for the third annual Canstruction to create giant structures made from cans in an effort to fight hunger. Canstruction will be on display at the Rotunda of the Shops at Liberty Place, 1601 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, from April 18 – 25, 2009. This event is free and open to the public.

The Associates Committee of AIA Philadelphia, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration, sponsors Canstruction. The canned formations will have themes tied to ending hunger and names like Phight Hunger and Being Hungry is Not a Game. At the close of the event all the cans are donated to Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger relief organization. Last year Canstruction donated 33,810 lbs. of food to Philabundance in the form of nearly 50,000 cans.

The foundation of the Society for Design Administration created Canstruction as a national charity that combines the competitive spirit of design with a unique way to help end hunger. Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods, turning public space into exhibitions. Since its inception, Canstruction has seen over 10 million pounds of food donated to food banks local to the competition cities.

Canstruction will kick off with 13 teams for an intense 12-hour build night beginning April 17, and ending early on the morning of April 18. Awards will be presented in categories such as Juror’s Favorite, Best Meal, and Best Use of Labels. A new award category is being established this year for the People’s Choice Award. The public will be able to vote for their favorite structure at The structure with the most votes will be announced on Philabundance’s web site on April 27.

“This competition directs significant attention to hunger in America, a major problem that, unfortunately, many people do not realize still persists in our society. Canstruction brings architects, designers, engineers, and contractors together, and their creativity and energy allows us to support a great organization striving to end hunger,” says Adam LeGrand, Assoc. AIA, co-chair of the Canstruction Committee. “Canstruction also showcases what the best and brightest in Philadelphia’s design community are capable of. It’s amazing to watch what our teams are able to create with nothing more than cans of food and their imaginations.”


AIA Philadelphia, a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects founded in 1869, serves more than 1,700 architects and related professionals in Philadelphia, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.  In addition to providing professional and educational support to members, AIA Philadelphia is a resource for the community through its programs, publications, public service projects and AIA Bookstore & Design Center.

Philabundance is the region’s largest hunger relief organization fighting hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 600 member agencies in 10 counties, who serve approximately 900,000 low income residents.  Philabundance provides food to approximately 65,000 people per week, at an aggregate cost of less than 30 cents per meal.  In 2007, Philabundance, distributed 17 million pounds of food in the Delaware Valley. For more information about Philabundance, call 215-339-0900 or visit

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