The 27th Annual Canstruction New York Exhibit is over

See you all next year!

We hope you were able to visit the 31 amazing structures in the 2019 Canstruction® New York Exhibit at Brookfield Place New York. The structures were comprised of over 107,000 non-perishable food items containing over 65,000 pounds of food. you can take a virtual tour of the exhibit below.

People's Choice Award

The winner is "For All CANkind" by Gensler!

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LERA Delicate Balance
Click the image on the left to take a virtual tour of the 2019 exhibit! All structure images by Ashok Sinha
We have our winners!

Congratulations to the award winners of the 27th Annual Canstruction New York Design/Build Competition:

  • Best Original Design - LERA Consulting Structural Engineers: Delicate Balance
  • Structural Ingenuity - Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects: The LOFTy goal of eliminating hunger
  • Best Use of Labels and People's Choice - Gensler: For All CANkind
  • Best Meal - RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC: Don't Let Hunger DRAG ON
  • Honorable Mention - Microdesk: Snoopy Soars to the Moon
  • Honorable Mention - Thornton Tomasetti - One Small Can for Man, One Giant Leap Against Hunger
  • Most Cans - WSP USA: The Grand CANal 7,554 cans
  • Cheri Award - Howard L. Zimmerman Architects: Ironing Out Hunger
To see details and images from past competitions, go to the Past Events page
Best Original Design

About the Competition

View the 2019 Press Release

Canstruction New York awards are given in the following categories:

Canstruction International Award categories, which go on to the International Awards Competition:

1 for Best Original Design
1 for Structural Ingenuity
1 for Best Meal
1 for Most Cans
1 for People’s Choice

Canstruction New York Award categories, which are only given locally:

1 for the Cheri C. Melillo Award (nicknamed the Cheri)
2 for Honorable Mention

All Canstruction International Award winners go on to compete internationally through submission of photography to a panel of jurors. The winners are announced at the AIA and SDA conventions in Spring 2020. The international jury may give additional awards.

Maximum size of structure is 8'L x 8'W x 8'H.


Visiting the Exhibit

GROUP VISITS: School classes and groups larger than 7 individuals should schedule their visit. Please got to

EXHIBIT MAP: Download the Exhibit Map here. Be sure to bring this map with you. There will be none available at the Information Desk. Elevators are marked on the map for those with accessibility issues.

ADMISSION:  There is no admission fee to enter Canstruction, but we ask that all our visitors bring a full can of healthy food (or several) to add to the contributions from all the Build Teams.  There is a large collection bin next to the Information Desk located on the second level.  The cans are collected daily and sent to City Harvest.

ENTRY POINT:  It is best to enter through the doors at 230 Vesey Street where you will see the first of the structures.   

ARRIVING BY SUBWAY:  You have the following options:

  • E train to WTC
  • A&C trains to Chambers Street
  • 2&3 trains to Park Place
  • N&R trains to Courtlandt Street
  • 4&5 trains to Fulton Street

Directions to Brookfield Place or View a map

DINING:  There are several available food options at Hudson Eats and throughout Brookfield Place to get food or snacks (see  Please go to the public seating area at “Hudson Eats” on the second-floor level, just up the south escalator from the Winter Garden.  There is also the option of sitting on the steps to the Winter Garden, but we ask that you are meticulous about cleaning up afterward as there are many visitors to this great space.

CELL PHONES:  Note that cell phones are often very helpful in “reading” the structures.  We recommend that you use one on each and every structure.


  • All structures are self-supported. Please be mindful of your small children. No running or jumping in Brookfield Place. Do not lean over the stanchions or touch the sculptures!
  • There is NO coat check. All belongings (backpacks, bags, jackets etc.) must be kept with you at all times.
  • Photography is generally permissible. Brookfield Place has restrictive areas where photography is not permissible. Please limit photography to Canstruction structures only. No tripods unless you have permission from Brookfield Place.

Don't forget to bring cans to donate to City Harvest!

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® New York is a 501(c)(3) Corporation.
is a not for profit charity, founded by the SDA, which hosts competitions and events creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of non-perishable food. Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction® events in over 100 cities around the world each year. The can art sculptures are on exhibit to the public in each city where a competition is held. The public is invited to donate non-perishable food items during the exhibition. At the close of an exhibition, all food from the structures and public donations are donated to local food banks.   Canstruction® New York has donated over 2 million pounds of food to local food banks since 1993, and over 1.2 million pounds to City Harvest since 2006. Since 1992, Canstruction® has raised nearly 82 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt.®

Download the 2019 Canstruction New York Facts

Download Canned Food Facts


About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the nearly 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 64 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs empower individuals through nutrition education, increase our partners’ capacity, and strengthen the local food system, helping New Yorkers who are experiencing food insecurity to access, afford, and consume nutritious food. To learn more about our work, visit

Download a pdf About City Harvest

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2018 BFPL Vesey Street ShopsWinter Garden 2014

About Arts Brookfield

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, Washington, D.C., London, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield has brought public spaces to life through art for more than 30 years.

About Brookfield Place

Brookfield Place (BFPL) New York is one of Brookfield's most iconic Place Making destinations that brings together modern office space, cultural experiences, curated dining and world-class shopping. One of New York City's most dynamic districts, Brookfield Place is a step away from the everyday and in step with the latest in global and local culture. The 14-acre, 5-building complex on the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan is home to some of the world's most innovative companies and one of New York's most celebrated experiential, culinary and shopping destinations. Brookfield animates its grand indoor and outdoor public spaces year-round through a mix of culture and events, bringing together a diverse array of New Yorkers and visitors. From waterfront cafes along the North Cove Marina to palm trees inside the famed Winter Garden, art installations to live music, Brookfield Place New York is a setting for discovery and inspiration, savoring and indulging, relaxing and socializing.

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