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19th Annual Canstruction Design Competition Winners Announced!
Posted By Amanda Coen On November 15, 2011 @ 5:30 pm In Architecture,Art NYC,Events | No Comments
The Canstruction  charity competition was originally conceived by the Society for Design Administration  and has been hosted by the Arts World Financial Center  for the past four years. The American Institute of Architects , City Harvest  and Move for Hunger  also provide support throughout the competition. Move for Hunger partnered with iMoveGreen  to make the transportation of the food possible between the participants’ work sites and the World Financial Center.
After much work to assemble the over 99,305 cans of food that collectively made up the 26 structures, jurors took a stroll through the exhibit to narrow down their selections. Juror Richard Hayden presented an honorable mention to Leslie E. Robertson Associates  for their “Shedding Light on Hunger” entry. He was particularly drawn to the team’s intellectual thought behind the design and their use of the candle as a metaphor for the issue of hunger. Next came Mary-Jean Eastman who presented the second honorable mention to Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP  for “NepTUNA the HippoCANpus Against Hunger.” She noted the structure’s exquisite form and great alignment.
Moving into the categorical prizes, juror and Interior Design Magazine  editor Annie Block presented the Best Use of Labels award. Using simple black and white labels, Gruzen Samton  and the IBI Group  created “QR-CAN: Link to Fight Hunger” whereby when you take a picture of it, you can scan the picture and it leads to the Canstruction website. Juror Ellie Krieger presented Dattner Architects  with the Best Meal prize for their “Root Against Hunger ” design. As author and host of The Healthy Appetite, Krieger appreciated the group’s focus on quality, stressing that all too often when catering to the food insecure quantity becomes the main focus rather than the healthfulness of the meal. Juror and master carpenter Chip Wade  and 9/11 Memorial  mastermind Michael Arad awarded the Structural Ingenuity award to Skanska USA  for their risky and challenging “Suspending Hunger” design.
The Cheri Award was another category that honors Canstruction Founder Cheri C. Melillo who passed away in 2009 from terminal cancer. Her husband and son were on hand to present the award to students from Eleanor Roosevelt High School , recognizing their risk, hard work and dedication to the project. The two were surprised to learn high school students had been behind the design.
Finally, Executive Chef and juror Wade Burch presented the Juror’s Choice, the award that takes into consideration the most factors. This year’s big award went to Gensler  and WSP Flack + Kurtz for their “Loaded Dice” entry. Burch commented on the group’s use of over 5 tons of food that included 24 different food items, most of which were organic. He was particularly struck by the variety that would offer food pantry chefs the options to craft an endless possibility of meals and vary the menu for over a month. The team’s canned food contribution alone is enough to feed over 5,000 New Yorkers!
The structures will be on display through the week and visitors are encouraged to bring a can of food to donate. The goal is to double last year’s 88,000 pound of donated food that fed over 70,000 hungry New Yorkers!
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 Society for Design Administration: http://www.sdadmin.org/
 Arts World Financial Center: http://www.worldfinancialcenter.com/arts-events
 American Institute of Architects: http://www.aia.org/
 City Harvest: http://www.cityharvest.org/
 Move for Hunger: http://moveforhunger.org/
 iMoveGreen: http://imovegreen.com/
 Leslie E. Robertson Associates: http://www.lera.com/
 Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP: http://www.gmsllp.com/
 Interior Design Magazine: http://www.interiordesign.net/
 Gruzen Samton: http://www.gruzensamton.com/
 IBI Group: http://www.ibigroup.com/Pages/Home.aspx
 Dattner Architects: http://www.dattner.com/
 Chip Wade: http://chipwade.com/
 9/11 Memorial: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/the-national-911-memorial-is-now-open-photo-gallery/
 Skanska USA: http://www.usa.skanska.com/Our-organization/Skanska-USA-Civil/
 Eleanor Roosevelt High School: http://www.erhsnyc.org/
 Gensler: http://www.gensler.com/
 WSP Flack + Kurtz : http://www.wspgroup.com/en/Welcome-to-WSP-Flack--Kurtz/
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