Sunday, November 19 2017
CANstruction is a nationwide program that aims to raise awareness about hunger. It is a creative design-build competition where teams from architecture and design firms use their skills to build sculptures out of cans of food. The nutritious shelf-stable food is donated to the Capital Area Food Bank for distribution to those in need after the event.
This year’s theme is CANnect with Nature.
Washington, DC has recently been named one of the 100 Resilient Cities of the world. According to the 100 Resilient Cities organization, urban resilience is the capacity of individuals and communities within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Including nature in plentiful food sources and the built environment can be a way to improve the resilience of the city by combating the stress of food scarcity and fostering mental and physical health.
Join us on Sunday, November 19th in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum to watch the build-out of this years CANstruction. Teams are challenged to build a structure illustrating people’s connection with nature, especially in the city. Using nutritious canned goods, teams will build structures such as bee hives, rooftop gardens, local parks, or even April the giraffe!
We especially encourage visitors to stop by the National Building Museum on Friday, November 24 (Black Friday) to view the sculptures and vote for their favorite one by bringing a canned good donation. Please join us in this Black Friday activity as an alternative to the excesses of shopping on the day after Thanksgiving.
In addition, please join us for our Family Afternoon on Saturday, November 25th for a chance to engineer your own can-tastic creations!
Sponsored by: BluEdge, Giant, National Building Museum, TW Perry
Organized by: The Washington Architectural Foundation and the Capital Area Food Bank