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Award-winning structures put food on children’s plates

November 17, 2006
by Canadian Architect

For the eighth time in Toronto, leading design, engineering and architectural firms competed to create structures built entirely out of canned and packaged food for the benefit of Daily Bread FoodBank.

Canstruction 2006 attracted 20 teams, as well as three student teams, to participate in this fun and creative competition at the Toronto Dominion Centre. Winning structures were:

Jurors’ Favourite: No More Rumbly in the Tumbly by Cassidy & Company Architectural Technologists and AATO East Chapter
Structural Ingenuity: CANthedral by BA Consulting Group Ltd.
Best Use of Labels: We CanCan Hunger by The Ventin Group and Carruthers + Wallace Ltd.
Best Meal: Monster House by Quadrangle Architects Limited
Honourable Mention: Hunger is huge. Hunger is invisible. by ARK Inc.
Honourable Mention: c-A-n-QUARIUM by Halsall Associates Ltd. And Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Structures from this year’s event weighed in at over 62,400 pounds. “As the holiday season approaches it is crucial to remember those families who must rely on food banks,” said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank. “Last year 38% of the almost 900,000 clients that the GTA food banks saw were children. We are grateful to Canstruction for their ongoing generosity. Families that rely on food banks this holiday season will have something to eat, thanks to the food used in these wonderful structures and the gifts of funds for food they inspire.”

Other structures were:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Bregman + Hamann Architects
Most Needed by CH2M Hill
One “CAN” Make a Difference by CORE Architects Inc.
Reach Out and Help Us End Hunger by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated
Ripples CAN End Hunger by Earth Tech Canada Inc.
Rising to the Challenge of Hunger by Halcrow Yolles
Helping Hands CAN Make a Difference by HOK Canada
Inukshuk-can: Marking Our Path to End Hunger by Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd.
All In To Flush Out Hunger by KMK Consultants Limited with Golder Associates
CAN-reaction by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. and Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.
Sharing Warmth by Morrison Hershfield Limited
CANning Hunger by Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. Consulting Engineers
Together We CAN CAN Hunger by Stantec Architecture Ltd.
Titanic Meets Riceberg by The Sernas Group Inc.

Judges were: Vinod Bhatia, P.Eng., Manager Structural Department – SNC Lavalin Engineers & Constructors
Geoffrey Johnson, Founder and President – en Ville Design and Catering
Dan Menchions, Founding Partner – II BY IV Design Associates
Raymond Moriyama, OC, O Ont, M.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, Founder – Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Chancellor – Brock University
Kelly Rude, Design Journalist

For photos of this year’s structures, please visit

Canstruction 2006 is organized by the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, Consulting Engineers of Ontario, Design Exchange, and Society of Design Administration Canada for the benefit of Daily Bread Food Bank. For more information on any of these organizations, please visit their websites at,,, and

Canstruction structures are on display from November 16th to December 2nd, 2006. Structures can be found in seven locations: TD Bank Tower, TD Waterhouse Tower, Canadian Pacific Tower, Royal Trust Tower, Ernst & Young Tower, Design Exchange, and Simcoe Place.

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