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MC Construction Management Students Honored for Their Canstruction

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Category: College/Campus News

Published: Oct 12 2010 2:48PM

Canstruction 2010
Washington, DC CanStruction 2010: A World of Architecture

On Saturday, October 2, more than 300 architects, designers, fans of architecture and observers came together to see the Washington Architectural Foundation's 2010 CanStruction design competition and awards presentation following an exhibition of the 15 large-scale sculptures inspired by international architecture (and other types of architectural influences) constructed entirely of canned goods. For the 12th consecutive year, the exhibition and competition demonstrated the power of what CAN be done with a lot of canned goods, a lot of creativity, building skills, teamwork and of course, architects and designers.

In 2010, 15 different teams of architects and engineers from Washington, DC created structures out of canned and packaged foods during this annual design/build competition. A three week-long exhibit of these clever structures showed the design community's ingenuity and helped to underscore the need to fight hunger in the Washington area. At the end of the three weeks, the structures are "de-CANstructed" and donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. The Washington, DC CANSTRUCTION competitions have donated more than 250 tons of food in the last 11 years.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Metro Washington and the Montgomery College Student Chapter Association built "The Guggenheim: A Temple Feeding the Human Spirit", replicating the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. This sculpture won "BEST USE OF LABELS" recognition, and the "PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD for 2010."

* With a theme of "International Architecture", the 2010 CanStruction competition began back in August, when teams were required to submit their CanStruction concepts, choice of canned goods and food items, and their plan to build their sculpture on site at 2000 Penn.
* More than 30,000 cans of food were used in this year's sculpture competition, which translates to 33,853 pounds of food donated to the Capital Area Food Bank, allowing them to provide over 33,000 meals to individuals and families in the DC community.

The Washington Architectural Foundation has updated its Web site with photos of all the winners - http://www.wafonline.org/canstruc.html.

You can also learn more about the projects at the ABC Web site by clicking the following link: http://www.abcmetrowashington.org/Committees/Community_Service_/Canstruction_2010.aspx.

Photo by Erin Kelleher Photography.

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