The 2016 Canstruction® New York exhibit has ended.

The 2016 exhibit has now closed and all cans and other food items are in the hands of City Harvest to be distributed to their network of shelters and food pantries before Thanksgiving.

Click on the photo below to take a virtual tour of the 2016 exhibit


2016 Canstruction New York Exhibit Virtual Tour

Announcing the 2016 winners!

The winners of the 24th Annual Canstruction® Competition are:

Jurors’ Favorite: Lean On Me by Dattner Architects

Structural Ingenuity: Twist and Shout by HOK

Best Meal: Vincent Can Gogh by Silman

Best Use of Labels: What Goes Around, Cans Around by Gensler

Honorable Mention: Say Yes to No More Hunger by Arup

Honorable Mention: Cut Out Hunger by GACE Consulting Engineers

Most Cans: What Goes Around, Cans Around by Gensler with close to 8,000 cans

People’s Choice: What Goes Around, Cans Around by Gensler

The Cheri Award was given to Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP for their entry CANctuary. This was the seventh annual awarding of this prize named for Canstruction Founder, Cheri C. Melillo. Each year the criteria for this award changes and is awarded by the organizing committee or its agents. Cheri’s son, Brion van Over, and her husband’s nephew, Nick Telesca awarded this year’s prize to a team that has participated very successfully for 23 of the 24 years of Canstruction New York and the theme and mission statement of their structure was particularly poignant this year.
“It doesn’t matter if it is called a mosque, a synagogue or a chapel. Throughout the world people find sanctuary and hope in spaces like ours. It is a place to reflect on how lucky we are… and consider how the structures we create can protect and nourish others, physically and spiritually. Ameen, Amen, Hallelujah”

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who made the 24th Annual New York City Canstruction® Design/Build Competition possible.

The jury was comprised of:

  • Joseph V. Amodio, Journalist and Television Writer
  • Nelly Koko-Konan, Pret Foundation Manager
  • Abraham Merchant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Merchant Hospitality Inc.
  • Chef François Payard, Chef, Restauranteur and Cookbook Author
  • Benjamin Prosky, American Institute of Architects NY Executive Director


From left to right: Chef François Payard, Abraham Merchant, Nelly Koko-Konan, Benjamin Prosky, Joseph V. Amodio

is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to

New York City is joined by over 100 cities across North America and other countries such as Australia and New Zealand who will hold Canstruction® Competitions in the coming year. Highlighting the creativity and compassion of top architectural and engineering firms, these astounding structures are helping to change the world – by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by collecting millions of pounds of food for local food banks.

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The Canstruction® New York exhibition is presented with generous support from Brookfield.