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2017 Canstruction® Competition

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Congrats to our 12th Annual Canstruction® Winners & Entrants

The theme for our 12th Annual CANstruction® Competition was "Browse a Library of CANstructures!" and in that spirit, 11 amazing teams of talented local architects, engineers and allied design professionals “canstructed” giant structures made entirely of thousands of cans of food. The event took place on Saturday, Sep. 30 at Pearlridge Center's Uptown Center Court.

Pictured: 2017 Structural Ingenuity and Most Cans winner "Feed Your Imagination" [Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs] by G70/Nordic PCL

Since the first Canstruction® competition on Oahu in 2006, AIA Honolulu has raised 351,130 pounds of needed canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank – enough for 276,480 meals for the hungry in our community.

VOTE PEOPLE'S CHOICE UNTIL Sat, Oct 14:  One Can. One Vote!

Now we need your assistance! Please go visit Pearlridge Center’s Uptown Center Court and vote for your favorite structure(s) with canned-food donations up to and including Saturday, Oct. 14. The Canstruction® structure that receives the most canned food (one can equaling one vote) will be named People’s Choice Award winner. After this voting period they will get “de-canstructed” and the food delivered to the Hawaii Foodbank. Please donate generously as the Hawaii Foodbank provides food assistance to 1 in 5 island residents.

Mahalo to our 2017 JuDGES

The judging panel included Geoffrey Lewis, AIA, incoming 2018 AIA Honolulu president; Joleen Oshiro, food editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser; and Schad Woods, 2017-18 president, Construction Specifications Institute, Honolulu Chapter.  After a blind judging Saturday afternoon, architects and Canstruction® co-chairs Reid Mizue, AIA; Elyse Takashige, AIA; Leigh Ishida, AIA; and Kristin Nakagawa, AIA announced the following honors.

2017 Canstruction® Award Recipients & Distinguished Entrants

“Quoth the Raven, “Hunger…Nevermore”
[Edgar Allen Poe]

"Feed Your Imagination"
[Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs]
by G70 / Nordic PCL

"The Very UN-Hungry CAN-terpillar"
[The Very Hungry Caterpillar]
by Bowers + Kubota Consulting

"The Things We Do to Fight Hunger"
[Dr. Seuss’ Thing One and Thing Two]
by HDR

"Rapunzel CAN You Let Down Your Hair?"
by Hawaii Keiki's

"Stone Soup (Local Style)"
by Coffman Engineers

"Platform AIAS 3/4 - We CAN Train
Others to Stand Up to Hunger"
by AIAS & Pearlridge

"Alice in WonderCAN"
by Rider Levett Bucknall

"Curious George Fights Hunger
by Clifford Planning /
Unlimited Construction

"Together We CAN School Hunger"
by ADM Retail Planning
& Architecture

"It’s not about what it is, it’s about
what it CAN become” [The Lorax]
by Next Design

"We’re Not in CANsas Anymore!"
by WSP

CANstruction Keiki Corner

A Kids Can Corner structure was also created today by AIA Honolulu member-architects, 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 Rapunzel and her tower – from the Grimm Brothers’ classic – in this keiki building zone.

The Kids Can Corner structure also participates as part of Canstruction® competition and may receive votes through canned-food donations, though it was not judged for juried awards by the panel.

View Images from Past Winners & Entrants

View past winners & entrants from our 1st - 11th Canstruction® Competitions.

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.

Media Requests

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

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