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2016 Canstruction® Competition

11th Annual CANstruction® raises 22,725 lbs for the Hawaii FoodBank

Over the past 11 years 351,130 pounds of food has been raised to help feed the hungry in Hawaii – providing 276,480 meals.

October 27, 2016, Honolulu, Hawaii – "Galacti-CAN" was the theme for The American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter’s 11th Annual Canstruction® competition at Pearlridge Center. Teams comprised of Hawaii’s best architecture firms, contractors, allied designers and engineering professionals designed and built structures using canned goods and other nonperishable foods.

Pictured: 2016 Juror's Favorite "We CAN Guard the Galaxy Against Hunger” by WATG

The “Canstructures” were on display from October 1 through October 16 at Pearlridge Center’s Uptown Center Court. All food to build the structures was donated to the Hawaii Foodbank. This year's competition raised a total of 22,725 pounds of food, which will provide food for a total of 17,893 meals to feed Hawaii’s hungry!

Canstruction® also gives kids an opportunity to help feed other children in need. At this year’s event, keiki worked with volunteer architects and built “Rocket Hunger to Outer Space” with cans of Vienna sausage.

The public was encouraged to vote for their favorite structure by donating one can of food representing one vote. After two weeks of voting, the winner of the “People’s Choice” award was Coffman Engineers with 962 votes (cans). They constructed “Astronaut Ellison S. Onizu-CAN Inspires Us to Dream”.

Mahalo to our 2016 JuDGES

The judging panel included Daniel Friedman, FAIA, dean of the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture; Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson of House District 31 (Pearlridge); and Lorena Yamamoto, AIA of Roy K. Yamamoto Architect and member of the Board of Directors for AIA Honolulu.  After a blind judging Saturday afternoon, architects and Canstruction® co-chairs Reid Mizue, AIA; Leigh Ishida, AIA; and Kristin Nakagawa, AIA announced the below honors.

2016 CANstruction Award Recipients & Distinguished Entrants

“We CAN Guard the Galaxy Against Hunger”

Marvin the Martian Brings the KABOOM on Hunger
by Group 70 International/Swinerton Builders

Helping the Planet’s CANdition
by Cambria USA / RavProductions

Millennium Fal-CAN
by Clifford Planning & Architecture LLC /
Unlimited Construction



Astronaut Ellison S. Onizu-CAN
Inspires Us to Dream Big!

by Coffman Engineers

Space CAN-vaders Battle
Hunger in Hawaii

by Rider Levett Bucknall

"Rocket Hunger to Outer Space"

"Transformers: Age of CANstruction"
by Albert C Kobayashi, Inc. / Design Partners Inc.

"Join the Rebellion! Defeat Hunger’s Empire"
by HDR Inc.

"We CAN Defeat the Hunger Invaders!"
by Bowers + Kubota Consulting


Team T-shirt Design Contest Winner
by Albert C Kobayashi, Inc. / Design Partners Inc.

Subaru Hawaii’s CANstruction Keiki Corner

A Kids Can Corner structure was also created Oct 1 by AIA Honolulu member-architects, University of Hawaii School of Architecture students, Honolulu Community College AEC program volunteers, allied design professionals and hundreds of island keiki who brought at least five cans of food as a donation to the Hawaii Foodbank.  Scores of kids helped to build a rocket in this keiki corner, sponsored by SUBARU Hawaii, that also participates as part of Canstruction® competition, though it was not judged.

Mahalo To All Sponsors to the Subaru Hawaii’s CANstruction Keiki Corner


View Images from Past Winners & Entrants

View past winners & entrants from our 1st - 10th Canstruction® Competitions.

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Canstruction®  is Trademarked by the Society for Design Administration

What is Canstruction? Competing teams, lead by architecture firms, allied designers and engineering and construction professionals will design and build structures by using canned goods and other non-perishable foods.

Structures, ranging in size from 1,000 to 13,000 cans, are created by stacking a variety of can sizes and shapes using the product labels as the color pallete. Structurally self-supporting, the only other materials to be used are 1/4inch leveling, cardboard, tape, rubber bands and wire. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.

Canstruction®  is a national community service program trademarked and created by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) on behalf of the design and construction industry.   The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Honolulu Chapter, working in tandem with the other members of the design and construction industry presents the annual Canstruction® competition in Hawaii. 

Canstruction® is a design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America. Click here to visit the official Canstruction® web site hosted by SDA and view photos of other cities' winners.

Photos of the Honolulu Canstruction competion are available for media purposes by contacting Abigail Spencer, EVP, AIA Honolulu.

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