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AIA ‘CANstruction’ awards announced

Canned goods littered the floor of the Charlotte Convention Center on April 16, but it wasn’t a spill – the food was there in architecturally-inspired shapes as part of the 2016 CANstruction competition.

The annual event is part of Architecture Month, sponsored by the Charlotte chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

CANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Teams led by architects design sculptures made entirely out of canned food. The cans are then donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.

A jury chose awards in the following categories: Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Best Use of Labels. There will also be a People’s Choice award determined by an online vote at aiacharlotte.org. In 2014, the competition resulted in 7,988 pounds of donated food worth $4,331.

This year’s winners were:

*Juror’s Favorite: Morris Berg Architects & Edifice; Driving Out Hunger

*Best Use of Labels: ai Design Group; Wave Hunger Goodbye

*Best Meal: The CAN Newton Helmet; Wright McGraw Beyer Architects

*Structural Ingenuity:Perkins and Will and Stewart; Shining the Light on Hunger

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