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Canstruction 2019


Image courtesy Ian Yelich.

Canstruction is a charity event and exhibition where teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors compete in awe-inspiring feats of engineering to create sculptures made out of canned goods and other nonperishable food items—without the use of glue or other adhesives. In the past 24 years, Canstruction Boston has collected more than ONE MILLION pounds of food, providing more than 887,000 meals to people experiencing food insecurity in Massachusetts.

The 2019 Canstruction Boston theme is Around the World!

Admission is free and kid friendly. Suggested donation: one can or other nonperishable item of food per person (such as tuna, beans, peanut butter, and canned vegetables).

The participating teams will compete for top honors in categories including Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Most Cans, Best Original Design, and People’s Choice, among others. Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite works through the Canstruction Boston Facebook page at from Sunday, October 6 until 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 9.

Participating firms:

Ann Beha Architects & Thornton Tomasetti (joint venture)
Arup & Gensler (joint venture)
Cannon Design
CUBE 3 Studio
Cummings Properties
EYP Architecture and Engineering
L.A. Fuess Partners
Margulies Perruzzi
Nitsch Engineering
Prellwitz Chilinski Associates
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Shawmut Design and Construction
S/L/A/M Collaborative
Smith Group & DPR Construction (joint venture)
SMMA & D.C. Beane and Associates (joint venture)
Studio Troika
Wentworth Institute of Technology & Chi Epsilon at Northeastern University (joint venture)
Wilson Butler Architects

Founded in 1992, Canstruction’s mission is to highlight the issue of hunger across communities, collect food for distribution to thousands and to showcase the creativity of the design industry. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 13.1 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. For more than two decades, the design community in Boston has united through a creative medium that provides canned food for charities fighting hunger in Massachusetts. In 2017, Canstruction Boston donated 93,955 cans of food from the participating 29 teams. In the past 20 years, Canstruction Boston has collected more than ONE MILLION pounds of food, which has provided over 675,000 meals to those in the Greater Boston and surrounding areas.

Your family CAN't get enough of Canstruction? Why not attend Family Design Day: Around the World with Lego! October 19, 2019, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.