Canstruction® New York is hosted by Arts Brookfield and produced by Canstruction® New York, Inc.; the Society for Design Administration New York Chapter; and Arts Brookfield to benefit City Harvest.
Founded by the Society for Design Administration, Canstruction® is a trademarked design/build competition currently held in cities throughout North America and countries around the world. Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these design professionals, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely out of canned foods. It takes 8-12 weeks of design time and thousands of cans of food to create a structure that is built in a single night. The results are displayed to the public as magnificent sculpture exhibits in each city where a competition is held. The public is invited to donate canned food at the time of the exhibition. At the close of the exhibitions cans of food are donated to local food banks. New York is one of more than 150 cities around the world taking part in Canstruction® International Events across the world, which in 2014 donated over 4.7 million pounds of food serving 3.9 million meals to needy families.
Since its founding in 1959, the Society for Design Administration has promoted education and best practices in management and professional standards of design firm administrative personnel. SDA membership stretches across the United States and Canada and is composed of personnel in the design profession, including: architecture, engineering, construction, landscape and interior design. The New York Chapter is one of the largest chapters in SDA and has many active members who volunteer on the Canstruction® New York organizing committee.
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to hundreds of thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier office properties in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art.
Brookfield Place has been transformed into a curated shopping and dining destination in Lower Manhattan. In addition to Hudson Eats, Le District, a 25,000-square-foot French-inspired marketplace and leading fitness club Equinox have recently opened. In 2015, five restaurants, including Parm and a new culinary concept from Iron Chef Jose Garces, will provide table service and al fresco dining. World-class luxury houses Hermés, Salvatore Ferragamo and Ermenegildo Zegna and top fashion brands Calypso, St. Barth, Theory, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and Scoop opened in the spring of 2015 and look to revolutionize the luxury shopping experience in New York City.
Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest (www.cityharvest.org) is the world’s first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women and children. This year, City Harvest will collect 50 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to more than 500 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the nearly two million New Yorkers who face hunger each year.