Canstruction NYC 2011, Through Monday, November 21 Only!

Attentive Glenwood readers already know that we're big Canstruction NYC fans, having gone to Canstruction in 2009 and Canstruction in 2010 at the World Financial Center. For those unfamiliar, Canstruction is an architecture/engineering extravaganza, for which some of the city's top firms design and construct fabulously elaborate, often whimsical sculptural structures made entirely of cans of food. The pieces are always pretty amazing, like SOM's Town Upside Down, above, made from 2,950 cans (it is a contest, after all, and architects and engineers are famously competitive), but the best part of Canstruction is that when the exhibition is over all of the tens of thousands of cans used as construction material–more than 60,000 pounds of food in all!–gets donated to City Harvest, to be distributed to the NYC families and individuals that need it most.  

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Canstruction NYC 2010 at the World Financial Center

  In what has become a great pre-Thanksgiving tradition in our family, we roamed the soaring, sun-drenched Winter Palace at the World Financial Center last Thursday afternoon to take in Canstruction 2010, that annual celebration of cool design, tricky engineering, and donating a whole lot of time, talent and food to New Yorkers who need it most. Now in its 18th year here in New York City (and third in a row at the Winter Palace), Canstruction is on display until next Monday, November 22, when all those amazing creations will be dismantled and the construction materials–some 100,000 (!) cans of food–will be given directly to City Harvest, and so to scores of hungry New Yorkers, men, women and children, via soup kitchens, food banks, shelters and senior homes citywide.  

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