Save the date for CANstruction 2017:
April 1 at the Charlotte Convention CenterCANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, led by architects, showcase their talents by designing sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. At the close of the exhibitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.
2014 Canstruction donated 7,988 lbs of food at a total cost of $4,331. There was also donations of $1,094. Each dollar buys 7 lbs of food so the extra money brought the total to 15,647 lbs. This amount of food provided 10,000 meals.
Morris Berg Architects & Edifice
Driving Out Hunger
The team’s motto of Driving Out Hunger plays homage to the lunchtime and after-work tradition in Charlotte that has developed over the past few years.
The 2,000+ cans used to create this structure is a small amount compared to the number of people worldwide that are affected by the hunger epidemic at over 842,000,000.
Working together as a team gets us one step closer to driving out hunger.
Special Thanks to our other team members: Susan Case, Emily Cordero, Tarik Hameed
Special Thank You to the Shaw Group, Mannington Commercial, TPM, Armstrong Flooring, Daltile, Wurthwood Group and Anonymous Donors.
ai Design Group
Wave Hunger Goodbye
Best Use of Labels
Our CANstruction entry celebrates Charlotte’s place on the “Road to Rio” with a tribute to the U.S. National Whitewater Center. April is not only Architecture Month; it’s also when the U.S. Olympic team trials for canoe-kayak race events take place, deciding who will represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio De Janiero. We’ve got a couple of locals among the competitors, including a two-time Olympian, so here’s rooting for Charlotte’s own!
Team Captain: John Ellis
Special thanks to Dawn Van Dyke with Shaw Contract Group for contributing the carpet tiles for our water-inspired base, and Tony Eberly of New Wave Acrylics for donating time on their CNC router! We appreciate your support for this great cause.
Wright McGraw Beyer Architects
The CAN Newton Helmet
In 2015, The Charlotte Panthers played an exciting season many people will never forget. The football team led by quarterback Cam Newton inspired a hope and excitement in fans that would eventually take Charlotte to the Super Bowl for the first time 13 years. Carolinians were united in the wake of each win, and The CAN Newton Helmet embodies that same energy to keep pounding against hunger.
Special Thanks to our other team members: Sara Cheikelard, Emily Ritzer, Leslie Curson, Tyler Hudson, and Cori Swanson.
Special Thank You to Messer Construction Company for their generous contributions to our structure.
Stewart and Perkins+Will
Shining the Light on Hunger
Modeled after Cape Hatteras’ historic lighthouse our structure is Shining the Light on Hunger. The black and white sprial day mark is mimicked with staggered cans and inset tiers of black and cannellini beans. The beauty of Cape Hatteras has been brought to you to Partner with Second Harvest Food Bank to END HUNGER !
Special Thank You to TPM for their generous contributions to our structure.
The Housing Studio
Our design evokes thought toward solving the hunger problem facing our community. The Rubix Cube, a creation of Architect Ernő Rubik, was a device to teach students to solve structural problems containing multiple variables without destroying the context of a project. This can be seen as a catalyst to end World Hunger. Like the Cube, the world contains many facets. To solve hunger, we must look at all the variables in the world that cause disparities. Be it lack of access to healthy food or simply poverty.
Although the problem of hunger has not been solved, we all have a responsibility to do what we can to make sure that everyone has basic survival necessities. If we all do a little, we can make a bigger impact. No one should ever be without a meal.
Our design incorporates a high protein, healthy diet of vegetables and beans.
Team Housing Studio:
Hannah Byrd, Assoc. AIA (Captain)
Christina Aikens-Yulfo, Assoc. AIA
Kaitlyn Combs, Assoc. AIA
Logan Hoffman, Assoc. AIA
Marija Kerlin, Assoc. AIA
Paris McAdoo-Thomas, Assoc. AIA
Catherine Monroe, AIA
Page Case, Assoc. AIA
Thank you to our additional team members:
Trey Mallory & Ray Thomas
Special Thank You to our Sponsors for their generous contributions:
Housing Studio (Charles Travis, FAIA)
McVeigh & Magnum Engineering, Inc.
Structural Consulting Group
Vrettos Pappas Consulting Engineers
Jones Lang LaSalle
Delve Interiors and Odell
On the Prowl to End Hunger
Our Canstruction uses cans to depict the Carolina Panther on the prowl to end hunger. We used black beans and kidney beans for the body of the feline and the field incorporates Peas and Beef Ravvioli to resemble blades of grase
Team: Anthony Hersey, Captain
Special Thanks to our other team members: Michael Montgomery, Jonathan Blain, Wendy Yates, and Rebecca Morris.
Special Thank You to Odell and Delve for their contributions to our structure.
Gensler & JE Dunn
Stand Tall Against Hunger
The Flamingo, a creature known for its bright colors and majestic nature, inspired our team to build a ‘CANstructure’ dedicated to the bird’s resilient qualities. The long, thin legs coupled with a far-reaching neck allow the bird to travel into deep waters, placing it’s beak on the bottom of the waterway to search for food. However, the Andean Flamingo has recently been classified as ‘Vulnerable’ within its environment due contaminated food sources. To combat this environmental issue the Andean Flamingos has adopted eating habits from the related Chilean and James Flamingos and now follow shallow foraging patterns for safe food at the water’s surface.
Hunger is a global issue that can be solved at the community level. Similar to the efforts by the flamingos, it is crucial we step up and support others in need. In 2014, 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households—32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. North Carolina is one of 14 states with higher household food insecurity rates than the national average.
We must STAND TALL as a community to fight the battle against hunger.
Derek Stahl, Captain
Special Thank You to:
All our donors
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