CanstructionLA 2016

For a decade, Los Angeles architects, designers, builders, and engineers have joined forces to create innovative structures meant for feeding, not housing. They will again design large-scale structures made entirely of canned foods for the 10th Annual CanstructionLA design/build competition to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. CanstructionLA has donated more than 300,000 cans of food to help feed people since 2006.

CanstructionLA will be presented during the Downtown LA Art Walk on Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12-10PM, in the historic Farmers and Merchants Bank Building (401 S. Main Street), with additional exhibition viewing opportunities on Friday, April 15th, 11AM-8PM, and Saturday, April 16th, 11AM-5PM. All viewings are free and open to the public.

"The food bank is grateful for the design community's support," says Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. "This creative architectural display offers something for the local community to enjoy while they help us fight hunger here in Los Angeles."

As a special 10th-year commemoration, CanstructionLA will bring back original jury members from the first CanstructionLA competition--Christopher Hawthorne, Architecture Critic at Los Angeles Times; Craig Hodgetts, FAIA, Founding Principal and Creative Director of Hodgetts + Fung Design + Architecture; and Merry Norris, Hon. AIA/LA, Founder and Principal of Merry Norris Contemporary Art--as well as new downtown LA chef Timothy Hollingsworth of Otium. The jury will review the canned-food structures in a 10' x 10' x 8'h space and name winners for Juror's Favorite, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, and Structural Ingenuity. In addition to the juried prizes, a People's Choice Award will be bestowed on the structure that gains the most votes from CanstructionLA visitors. For $1 per vote, visitors can praise their favorite design. All the money raised, as well as all cans used for the structures, will be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Hosted by Gilmore Properties, CanstructionLA is a program of the Society for Design Administration, and is organized by an all-volunteer steering committee comprising professionals in the Los Angeles design communities. Platinum sponsors are Herman Miller, Milliken & Company, and TekWorks; Gold sponsors are DFS Flooring and Tom Bonner Photography; Silver sponsors are Society for Marketing Professional Services/Los Angeles and Smart & Final; and Media sponsor is Los Angeles Downtown News.

For 43 years, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. With a vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, the Food Bank has distributed one billion pounds of food since its inception. It provides food to 320,500 people every month and in the latest years distributed 59 million pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which--with the help of 27,000 volunteers annually--it distributes through a network of 700 partner agencies. In addition, 97 percent of monies raised and in-kind donations go directly to programs. Its efficiency and effectiveness led the Los Angeles Business Journal to name the Food Bank as the "Nonprofit Organization of the Year" among large local organizations in 2013. For more information or to get involved, visit

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Cite: "CanstructionLA 2016" 22 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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