Winners of Canstruction 2007 announced

For the ninth 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 Food Bank.

Canstruction? 2007 attracted 16 teams, as well as five student teams, to participate in this fun and creative competition at the Toronto Dominion Centre and Simcoe Place. Winning structures were:

Jurors Favourite
Taken Under Wing by Halsall Associates Ltd. with Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects

Structural Ingenuity
Transform Hunger by Turner Fleischer Architects Inc.

Best Use of Labels
Soak Up Hunger by CH2M Hill

Best Meal
Clean Up Hunger in Aisle 2 by BA Consulting Group Ltd.

Honourable Mention
Food for Thought by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc.

Honourable Mention
Chasing Food by Quadrangle Architects Limited

Jurors Favourite Student Competition
Running on Empty by the University of Toronto ArtSci 0T9

Structures from this years event weighed in at over 70,000 pounds. “We are grateful to Canstruction for their ongoing efforts and generosity,” said Gail Nyberg, Executive Director of Daily Bread Food Bank. “This creative initiative makes a huge difference, especially around the holiday season. It means those who rely on food banks in Toronto will have something to eat, thanks to the food used in these amazing structures and the gifts of funds for food they inspire.”

Other structures were:
The Flower of Remembrance by H.H. Angus and Associates Ltd.
STOPhunger by ARK Inc.
Canasaurous Rex Make Hunger Extinct by Cassidy & Company Architectural Technologists
Feed the World: Its In Our Hands by Earth Tech Canada Inc.
Mr. Potato Head Lends a Hand to Can Hunger by Halcrow Yolles
Lightning McCan by KMK Consultants Limited with UMA Engineering Limited
CANsuming Hunger by Morrison Hershfield Limited
Canoe by Ryerson University with the Toronto Society of Architects
Doh-ing Our Best to Beat Hunger by The Sernas Group Inc.
Hunger CAN-batant by Smith and Andersen Consulting Engineering

Other student structures were:
DeCANstructivism by Sheridan College Interior Design Student Team
Food Mec-CAN-Nics by the University of Toronto 0T9-MEX
A Toast to End Hunger by the University of Toronto Class of CIV 0T9
The Empty Playground by the University of Toronto Team Rubixs Cube

Judges for the competition were:

Ian Chodikoff, M.Arch, MAUD, OAA, MRAIC, Editor, Canadian Architect
Ken Gangbar, Sculptor
Paul Gauvreau, DR.SC. TECH., P.Eng., Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Toronto
Chris Pommer, Founding Partner, Plant Architect Inc.
Daniel Racine, Executive Chef

The student judge was Jeremy Bowes, Assistant Dean, Faculty of Design, Ontario College of Art and Design.

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Canstruction? 2007 is organized by the Society of Design Administration Canada and is supported by the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, Design Exchange, and the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario, for the benefit of Daily Bread Food Bank. For more information on any of these organizations, please visit their websites at,,,, and