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Canstruction 2014 Engages Design Industry to End Hunger in MA

Boston – Canstruction is a charity event and exhibition where teams of architects, designers, engineers, and contractors compete to create colossal sculptures made out of canned goods. This year’s theme is “Pop Culture.” The canned-good sculptures, embodying current trends in design, entertainment, and popular lifestyle, will be on display at BSA Space and in the Atlantic Wharf lobby at 280 Congress Street, Boston, from Sunday, October 12, through Friday, October 31. Members of the public will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite works through the Canstruction Boston Facebook page at through Wednesday October 15, 1:00 PM . After the sculptures are dismantled, all the canned goods, supplied by the teams and coordinated through Whole Foods Market, will be donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Participating firms:

ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge; CBT Architects; Gensler; HMFH Architects;

IA | Interior Architects; Lavallee Brensinger Architects; Nitsch Engineering; Payette; Prellwitz Chilinski Associates; Sasaki Associates; Steffian Bradley Architects; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Stantec; studioTROIKA; Tappe Architects; and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates/ Northeastern University: Chi Epsilon chapter.


Says BSA president Emily Grandstaff-Rice AIA: “We are proud to host Canstruction 2014—an event and exhibition that provides a creative, fun, and powerful opportunity for us to pursue our mission to engage communities, inspire vision, and provoke positive change.”


In 2013, Canstruction Boston donated 75,414 pounds of food from the participating 26 firms to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank, which is the equivalent of more than 62,000 meal servings, or enough food to feed two-and-a-half meals to every child in Lowell.