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Designs with food cans take awards…and feed the hungry, too
Much creativity went into the design by food cans of various “structures” in this year’s Canstruction® competition. The event that drew architects, engineers, and contractors to build interesting entries also collected a record 161,544 cans of food for the needy, said Cindy Savell, Canstruction chair.
The finished works of art included a hot air balloon, a food truck, a map of the world, and scene including a sphynx and pyramids of Egypt.
Canstruction® is a unique charity event that combines the competitive spirit of local AEC professionals with a design/build competition providing a creative way to help feed the hungry. Teams design and build giant structures made entirely out of full cans of foods. At the end of the exhibition, all the food is donated to the North Texas Food Bank.
In keeping with the State Fair of Texas theme, the theme was “Passport to End Hunger.” With the exception of the President’s Blue Ribbon which is unique to Dallas, all the winning structures will be submitted via internet submission to compete in the national competition.
Here are the 2015 winners:
President’s Blue Ribbon Award: Corgan “Oh the places you CAN go”
Honorable Mention: BOKA Powell “Tex Mex Cantina Food Truck”
Best Use of Labels: O’Brien Architects, Hill & Wilkinson and Henderson Engineers “Stamp with A Heart”
Best Meal: GSR Andrade Architects “Passport to Can Nation”
Structural Ingenuity: Stantec “Shortcut to End Hunger”
Juror’s Favorite and Most Cans: Perkins+Will & Joeris General Contractors with 13,492 cans — “Up, Up and Away…from Hunger”
People’s Choice: The winner with 1,800 votes is Callison, “CAN Do” Plane
Photo credit: Tracy Allyn Photography