Canstruction designs a better world

It starts with one can. To feed the hungry. To lift the spirit. To change the world. Canstruction®, an international event committed to ending hunger, is using “one can” as a catalyst for change. In Toronto, the beneficiary is Daily Bread Food Bank because last year, almost 900,000 people in the GTA relied on food banks; 38% of those clients were children.


Canstruction® 2008 is an annual competition open to design, architectural and engineering firms. Teams create structures built entirely of canned and packaged food for the benefit of the Daily Bread Food Bank.


The building of structures takes place tonight, November 10, 2008 from 5:00 pm to 12:00 am, and the awards ceremony will take place tomorrow, November 11, 2008 at 6:00pm in the Chalmers Design Centre on the main floor of the Design Exchange, located at 234 Bay Street in Toronto.


Structures will be on display for public viewing from Wednesday, November 12 to Saturday, November 15, 2008, at the TD Tower, TD Waterhouse Tower, Canadian Pacific Tower, Royal Trust Tower, Ernst & Young Tower, the Design Exchange, and Simcoe Place in Toronto.


The judges for this year’s competition are: Sandra Ainsley, owner of the Sandra Ainsley Gallery in the Distillery District; Tom Brodi, Chef de Cuisine at Canoe; Ben Burke, P.Eng, Principal at Quinn Dressel Associates; Dr. Kendra Schank Smith, Chair of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University; and Robert Ouellette, writer for the National Post. Master of Ceremonies is Jeff Hutcheson, sports and weather anchor for Canada AM.


To view photos of previous competitions, please visit