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2017 Canstruction® Competition

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Attend our 12th Annual Canstruction Competition, Sep. 30, 2017

For the 12th year competing teams, lead by architects builders and allied design and engineering professionals, will showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people.   

When:             Saturday, September 30 from 9am-2pm
Where:            Pearlridge Center - Uptown
Theme:           Browse a Library of CANstructures!

Team Build-Out:     9am - 2pm
Kids CAN Corner:  10am-1pm
People's Choice:    Sep. 30 - Oct. 15 (vote for your favorite with cans)

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

12th Annual CANSTRUCTION 2017 - Browse a Library of CANstructures!
Volumes of meals for our local community that seem to jump off the pages...One Can at a Time.
"Hunger affects thousands in our own community, and many times too numerous to publish. Like sifting through thousands of books in a library, this year’s Canstruction competition aspires to turn the final page on our fight to end hunger.  Our “book” theme focuses on the ideas that stem from the simplest childrenʻs book, the classic novel, or even a New York Times bestseller.  Teams within Hawaii’s design and construction industry are encouraged to author their own canstruction creations.  Book your place in line to design and build structures that reflect one-of-a-kind plots, inspirational stories, and characters in written form or illustrations that harness our imaginations and feed those in need."

Register Your Team for 2017

Enter Online:   Enter your team online today and secure your spot.

Entry Fee: $100 per Canstruction Team

Who CAN Participate? ALL in the Design and Building Industries can potentially participate in this community service project i.e. architects, engineers, contractors, and other design-related professionals.

Questions: Email Reid Mizue, AIA, Canstruction Committee Chair.

2016 CANstruction® Raised 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.

"Galacti-CAN" was the theme for AIA Honolulu's 11th Canstruction® competition at Pearlridge Center. As always 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.

The “Canstructures” were on display from October 1 through October 16 at Pearlridge Center’s Uptown Center Court where people could come and vote for their favorite CANstrcution with canned food.  All cans were donated to the Hawaii Foodbank and in 2016 our competition raised a total of 22,725 pounds of food, which equals to 17,893 meals to feed Hawaii’s hungry!

2016 CANstruction Award Recipients & 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

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.

View Images from Past Winners & Entrants

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

Join The Committee!

Interested in helping plan this important - and fun - event?  Get involved with the CANstruction Committee!

Click here to learn more about the committee and how to join.

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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