The 23rd Annual Canstruction NYC Design/Build Competition is coming soon!

Canstruction New York is scheduled to be open for view from November 5 – 16, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (including weekends) at Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey Street in lower Manhattan.

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Local teams Gensler and Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) won Honorable Mention for “A Balanced Meal” and the Jurors’ Favorite Award for “Hungry to the Core” respectively for their canstructures in the 2014 – 2015 International Canstruction Competition! Congratulations to all those involved.

The 22nd Annual Canstruction NYC Design/Build Competition highlights.

The exhibit was open from November 6th through November 20th 2014 in the Winter Garden and lobby of 250 Vesey Street, Brookfield Place.

New York Family selected Canstruction New York as one of their events of the month for November 2014. Read about it on their site.

Click on the photo to take a virtual tour of the 2014 exhibit

Thanks to ArtsBrookfield, there were, also, 3 Structures on display in November outside of the competition at the following Brookfield Office Properties locations:

  • Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues)
  • 245 Park Avenue
  • One Liberty Plaza, 165 Broadway

We have our winners!

The winners of the 22nd Annual Canstruction Competition are:

Jurors’ Favorite: Hungry to the Core by Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)

Structural Ingenuity: Turn it Around by GACE Consulting Engineers, PC

Best Meal: Hounding Hunger by RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC

Best Use of Labels: StaTUNA of Liberty by Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP

Honorable Mention: The Thinker by CetraRuddy

Honorable Mention: A Balanced Meal by Gensler

Most Cans: Van Gogh Away Hunger! by STUDIOS Architecture with 6,000 cans

The Cheri Award was given to CetraRuddy for their entry The Thinker. This was the fifth 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 husband, Bruce Melillo awarded this year’s prize to a team that has embodied the perseverance that Cheri was known for.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who made the 22nd Annual New York City Canstruction Design/Build Competition possible.

The jury was comprised of:

  • Catherine McVay Hughes, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1
  • Robert Simko, Co-Founder/Co-Editor/Publisher, The Broadsheet
  • Jason Cameron, Host of DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes, Man Caves and Sledgehammer
  • Jordan Gruzen, FAIA, Director Emeritus, Gruzen Samton
  • Gavin McCloskey, Founder and President,
  • Left to Right: Robert Simko, Jason Cameron, Catherine McVay Hughes, Jordan Gruzen, FAIA and Gavin McCloskey Photo: Tara Davis, Brookfield Office Properties

    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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