Attention: Call for Entries 2014 is now closed.

The 21st Annual Canstruction NYC Design/Build Competition is over.

The exhibit was open from October 31st through November 13th 2013 in the the Winter Garden and lobby of 200 Vesey Street, Brookfield Place (formerly known as World Financial Center). We brought back the People’s Choice award with voting on our Facebook page.

The winner of the 2013 Canstruction New York People’s Choice Award was Hunger Never Sleeps by Eleanor Roosevelt High School

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The winners of the 21st Annual Canstruction Competition are:

Jurors’ Favorite: Pour Your Heart Out by Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)

Structural Ingenuity: We CAN Kill Hunger by STUDIOS Architecture

Best Meal: Hunger Never Sleeps by Eleanor Roosevelt High School

Best Use of Labels: Cloudy with a Chance of Tuna by Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP

Honorable Mention: Once Upon a Can by Thornton Tomasetti

Honorable Mention: Despicable Hunger: Minions CanRise! by Perkins Eastman / Harlem RBI

The Cheri Award was given to National Reprographics Inc. for their entry Jackie “42″ Robinson. This was the fourth 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 spirit of Canstruction through participation and service all 21 years of the Canstruction’s existence here in New York.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who made the 21st Annual New York City Canstruction Design/Build Competition possible.

The jury was comprised of:

  • Andrew Breslau,  The Alliance for Downtown New York
  • Tiffany Brooks, HGTV Star, Host of HGTV’S The Most Embarrassing Rooms in America
  • Bruce S. Fowle, FAIA, Senior Partner, FXFOWLE Architects
  • Ron Ben-Israel, Owner, Ben-Israel Cakes
  • Leah Suzanne Kaplan, Ridgewood Montessori School, former Chair Canstruction New York
  • Rosie Perez, Actor

Left to Right: Bruce S. Fowle, Leah Suzanne Kaplan, Andrew Breslau, Rosie Perez, Tiffany Brooks and Ron Ben-Isreal

Canstruction® 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 City Harvest.

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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