14th Annual CANstruction Competition

Fourteen years ago the Society of Design Administration created CANstruction, a philanthropic competition for architects, designers and engineers. The challenge is deceptively simple: these creative professionals must transform cans of food into sculptures and constructions.

The nutritious entries were assembled on site at the New York Design Center, a building devoted to interior designers and furniture showrooms. From November 9 through 22, the exhibit was open to the public during normal business hours; the entry fee was a single can of food.

At the end of the exhibition, the structures were disassembled; this year, one piece, a Mobius strip, collapsed during the competition. The packages of food (generally about 100,000 cans) are donated to the Food Bank for New York City, which distributes it to feed New York’s hungry.

Space Shuttle by National Reprographics Posted by Picasa

Subway Car Interior by Guy Nordenson Posted by Picasa

Trojan Horse by Arup Posted by Picasa

Tango Dancer by Thornton Tomasetti Posted by Picasa

Rabbit in Hat by Robert Silman Associates Posted by Picasa

Campfire by Leslie E. Robertson Associates Posted by Picasa

Lion by Perkins + Will Posted by Picasa

Candy Apple with Bite Taken by Pei Cobb Freed Posted by Picasa

Dragon by Robert A.M. Stern Posted by Picasa

Sushi with Chopsticks by DeSimone Consulting Posted by Picasa

Empty Can by Helpurn Architects Posted by Picasa

Frog by diDomenico + Partners Posted by Picasa

Can as Skyline by Fradkin & McAlpin Assoc. Posted by Picasa

Sea Serpent by HOK Architects Posted by Picasa

Piggy Bank by R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Posted by Picasa

Typewriter by Coburn Architecture Posted by Picasa

Apple with Sliced Wedge by Handel Architects Posted by Picasa

Crocodile by Arquitectonica Posted by Picasa

Lady Bug by Ferguson & Samamian Posted by Picasa

Hand Cradling Can by Ted Moudis Posted by Picasa

Monopoly by Mancini Duffy Posted by Picasa

Lion & Lamb by Butler Rogers Baskett Posted by Picasa

Connect Four Game by Magnusson Architecture Posted by Picasa

Snail on Leaf by GACE PLLC Posted by Picasa

Whale Tail by Weidlinger Associates Posted by Picasa

Can with Electric Can Opener by Bovis Lend Lease Posted by Picasa

Sombrero by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Posted by Picasa

Frog by STV Posted by Picasa

Cornucopia by Earth Tech Posted by Picasa

Ant at a Picnic by Severud Associates Posted by Picasa

Dripping Faucet by Gensler Posted by Picasa

Earth Viewed from the Moon by Beyer Blinder Belle Posted by Picasa

Lady Bug by Urbitran Group Posted by Picasa

Leaning Tower of Pisa & Italian Flag by Dattner Architects Posted by Picasa

Bobsled on Track by Gilsanz Murray Steficek Posted by Picasa

Can with Can Opener by Conant Architects Posted by Picasa

Sushi Platter by NELSON Posted by Picasa

Dragon & Castle by Perkins Eastman Posted by Picasa

Grand Piano by ads Engineers Posted by Picasa

Remains of Mobius Strip by Platt Byard Dovell White Posted by Picasa

  • Canstruction
  • Society for Design Administration New York Chapter
  • SDANYC Canstruction 2006
  • NYC Canstruction Rules
  • Images From Past Canstruction Competitions
  • Food Bank For New York City
  • 8 Responses to 14th Annual CANstruction Competition

    1. pjt3ket says:

      those are all so awesome!!!!


    2. Julie says:

      Amazingly creative!


    3. photowannabe says:

      Awesome pictures, Awesome Canstructions and a very Awesome way to contribute to the Food Bank.


    4. danette says:

      Wow, Some people just have too much time!?!?!

      These are some really cool photographs!


    5. Rob says:

      those are really neat pictures!


    6. Duffy – Rockferry – Later With Jools…

      The album pictures and video for the title track were captured on and near the Ffestiniog Railway in Porthmadog, which was renamed ‘Rockferry’ after for the occasion….


    7. I don’t leave a response, however after reading some of the comments here 14th Annual CANstruction Competition | Blather From Brooklyn. I actually do have a few questions for you if you tend not to mind. Is it just me or does it look like a few of the responses look like they are left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at additional online social sites, I’d like to
      keep up with you. Would you make a list of
      all of all your public pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin


    8. nathan lick says:

      Well I think that you CAN stop with all of the hating. If you really want the other sites, you CAN ask me about my obsession with CANS. But if you CAN keep the CAN puns or jokes at a minimum, then I CAN be very grateful.


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