There’s nothing quite as encouraging as seeing the power of design harnessed for the common good. That’s why we’re fans of the annual Canstruction Competition, which recently announced the winners of its 2013-2014 international competition (watch the video or click here for an image gallery of the winning entries). More than 1,200 structures made entirely out of canned foods were built this year, of which only six from each participating city made it to the International Competition.
More than just a fun and creative exercise for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, Canstruction is a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing large structures made out of full cans of food purchased by the participating companies. Once built, the creations go on public display as an art exhibition in participating cities, after which all the food used in the structures is donated to local hunger relief organizations.
Since its founding in 1992, the charity has helped provide than 25 million pounds of food to those in need. Next year’s competition is already under way in cities across the U.S. — look for one in your town.
Image: Courtesy Canstruction Columbus, OH.