CANstruction NY

31st Annual NYC Design and Build Competition

To Benefit City Harvest

Our annual design competition challenges teams of architects, engineers, and contractors to build sculptures made entirely out of canned food. The sculptures are placed on display from Thursday, November 2nd through Monday, November 13th at Brookfield Place. All canned food is later donated to City Harvest to help provide families with a holiday meal.

The 28 teams competing in this year’s competition include:

AKF, Arcadis, Arup, Beyer Blinder Belle, BluEdge, Burns & McDonnell, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, EP Engineering, Fairstead, Gannett Fleming Engineers & Architects, Gensler, Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP, HITT Contracting, HLW, HOK, KPFF Consulting Engineers, LERA Consulting Structural Engineers, McNamara Salvia, NV5, NYC Department of Buildings, PCP Architecture, Perkins Eastman, Severud Associates, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Stantec, Thornton Tomasetti, Urbahn Architects PLLC, Urban Architectural Initiatives (UAI), and WSP USA.


Wednesday, November 1 Build Night – 6:30 pm
Thursday, November 2-
Monday, November 13
Exhibit Open to Public
Monday, November 6 Judging & Awards Gala
Monday, November 13 DeCanstruction – 7:00 pm


On November 6th, a distinguished panel of judges will be tasked with selecting winners from 28 creative Canstruction sculptures within the following categories:

  • Best Original Design
  • Best Use of Labels
  • Structural Ingenuity
  • Best Meal
  • Cheri C. Melillo Award
  • Amy J. Nanni “Whimsical” Award
  • 2 for Honorable Mentions

Jurors include Chris Grabenstein, award-winning #1 NYT bestselling author; Jesse Lazar, Executive Director of the AIA New York Chapter; Ryan O’Connor, CEO of Clinton Management; Maneesh Goyal of SONA; Josh Cohen, Partner for Midnight Theatre & Hidden Leaf at Manhattan West; Max Tucci, author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller, Muse Creative Award-winning cookbook “The Delmonico Way.”


Design and build structures made entirely from canned foods within an 8’L x 8’W x 8’H space.


Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street
(located in Lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City)

Structure Floor Plan


Thursday, October 26, 2023
In this special episode highlighting the 31st Annual CANstruction New York Design and Build Competition, Christian sits down with four leaders behind the incredible cause, including Jennifer Greene, Director of Marketing at Ronnette Riley Architect, Elysa Marden, Senior Vice President of Arts and Events for Brookfield Properties, Jenna Harris, City Harvest’s Associate Director as well as Jessica Sheridan, Principal at Mancini Duffy.


You may also donate to Canstruction below. Your donation supports Canstruction’s programs and exhibitions which raise millions of pounds of food each year for local hunger relief organizations.


All inquiries can be redirected to the Canstruction NY team below:

Canstruction New York - Celebrating 30 Years
City Harvest Rescuing Food For NYC

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