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!
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.
Best Original Design:
DeSimone: Red Cube
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers: End Hunger ATLAS-t
Best Use of Labels:
KPFF Consulting Engineers: Striking Out Hunger
Urban Architectural Initiatives: Reef-Framing Hunger
Microdesk: Pikachu Takes a Bite of the Big Apple
AKF Group: CAN-tainers Stuck on the Suez CAN-al
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
Gilsanz Murray Steficek
LERA Consulting Structural Engineers
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Urban Architectural Initiatives, RA, PC (UAI)
KPFF Consulting Engineers
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.
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