December 17, 2015
by Elsa Lam
Hunger Is No Illusion won the 2015 Canstruction award for Structural Ingenuity. It was designed and built by Turner Fleischer Architects Inc. (Photo: David Crowder Photography)
Canstruction® Toronto invites teams of engineers, architects, and designers to take part in the 17th annual Canstruction® at the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto, to be held from May 16-17, 2016.
An information night about Canstruction® will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Design Exchange (234 Bay St), and all are invited to attend.
Canstruction® is an international annual design and build competition to raise awareness about the growing hunger gap. Teams of architects, engineers, designers and students design and build ‘Canstructures’, structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10’x10’x8’ space. Teams compete for the titles: Jurors Favourite, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. After the competition and exhibition, the structures are deconstructed and all of the cans are donated to Daily Bread Food Bank, the largest provider of food relief in the GTA.
“Canstruction® is a unique type of food drive and a way for the design community to collaborate in a creative way and give back to the community we build in,” says Helen Kabriel, co‐chair of Canstruction® Toronto. “Not only do they give back through food donations, but their structures attract an audience and provoke discussions on hunger and the challenges facing our city.”
Last year, over 70,000 pounds of donated food were sculpted into audacious, edible statues before being donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Since the event started in Toronto in 1999, Canstruction® Toronto has donated more than 850,000 pounds of food to Daily Bread Food Bank. Since 1992, Canstruction® has contributed more than 30 million pounds of food to programs around the world. Canstruction® events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.
While the lead‐up to Christmas is typically a high-donation time for food banks, as the weather gets nicer, the contributions decline. Canstruction® Toronto is helping fill that gap.
“The impact of Canstruction® is enormous. It provides thousands and thousands of pounds of high quality and nutritious food at a time of year when donations typically fall off,” says Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread Food Bank. “The real winners of Canstruction® are the 80,000 people who will use our food banks each and every month.”
Canstruction® events currently take place in the following Canadian cities:
Vancouver – http://www.canstructionvancouver.com/
Edmonton – http://canstructionedmonton.com (2016 registration is open)
Calgary – http://www.calgaryfoodbank.com/canstruction/ (2016 registration is closed)
Hamilton – http://canstructionhamilton.weebly.com/
Fort McMurray – http://woodbuffalofoodbank.com.s178952.gridserver.com/canstruction/
For more information on the Toronto Canstruction event, please visit http://canstructiontoronto.org/