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An extraordinary annual design competition that challenges teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of unopened cans of food.

The large-scale structures are placed on display and later donated to City Harvest for distribution to those in need.


Help City Harvest feed hungry New Yorkers! Donate canned food at the donation bin located at 230 Vesey Street, Level 2.

People’s Choice Award Winner

Congratulations Microdesk! Pikachu Takes a Bite of the Big Apple won the People’s Choice Award!


Jury Deliberation:

On Monday, November 8 a group of esteemed judges will select and award the best sculpture in categories such as “Best Meal,” “Best Use of Labels,” “Most Cans,” “Structural Ingenuity,” “Best Original Design,” and two Honorable Mentions.

Canstruction Winners:

Best Original Design:
DeSimone: Red Cube

Structural Ingenuity:
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers: End Hunger ATLAS-t

Best Use of Labels:
KPFF Consulting Engineers: Striking Out Hunger

Best Meal:
Urban Architectural Initiatives: Reef-Framing Hunger

Honorable Mention
Microdesk: Pikachu Takes a Bite of the Big Apple

Honorable Mention:
AKF Group: CAN-tainers Stuck on the Suez CAN-al

Most Cans:
Thornton Tomasetti: Can Drawing #2021 – 9,698 cans

Look to the Future in memory of Christine Schlendorf of Perkins Eastman:
CallisonRTKL: CANucopia to End Hunger

Cheri Award in memory of Canstruction founder, Cheri C. Melillo:
Perkins Eastman: CANservancy

2021 Canstruction Jury

Chef Hong Thaimee, Thaimee Love

Aaron Asis, Artist in Residence at Untapped New York

Cody Goldstein, Founder of Muddling Memories

Scott Hughes, Principal at Silman

Paul McLaughlin, Managing Partner & Wine Director at Oceana

Josh Cohen, Partner for Midnight Theatre & Hidden Leaf at Manhattan West

Participating Teams

Gilsanz Murray Steficek

LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

Thornton Tomasetti

Perkins Eastman



Simpson Gumpertz & Heger




Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC (UAI)

Gannett Fleming


KPFF Consulting Engineers



About Canstruction®

Canstruction® New York is a 501(c)(3) Corporation. Canstruction was founded by the SDA, whose purpose is to advance management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry through education, networking, leadership, and resources. Canstruction hosts competitions and events worldwide, creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of non-perishable food.

Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction® events in over 100 cities each year. The can art sculptures are on exhibit to the public in each city where a competition is held. The public is invited to donate non-perishable food items during the exhibition. At the close of an exhibition, all food from the structures and public donations are donated to local food banks.

Canstruction® New York has donated over 2 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1993, and over 1.2 million pounds to City Harvest since 2006. Since 1992, Canstruction® has raised nearly 82 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York’s first and largest food rescue organization, helping to feed millions of New Yorkers who struggle to put meals on their tables. As the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, they will rescue 111 million pounds of fresh, nutritious food and deliver it—free of charge—to nearly 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, community partners, and their own Mobile Markets across the five boroughs. They work alongside community partners to boost community capacity, expand nutrition education, and strengthen local food systems. For more than 35 years, City Harvest has always been there to feed our city—one day, one meal, one New Yorker at a time. To learn more, please visit cityharvest.org

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