MDN Architects "JAWS, Take a Bite Out of Hunger. Photo by Scott Ball.
MDN Architects created JAWS out of cans at the San Antonio annual Canstruction® competition in 2015. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

Sponsored by:

North Star Mall will host the 12th Annual Canstruction® design and build competition as one of  the San Antonio Food Bank’s SA Goes Orange for Hunger campaign events to raise awareness and  funds for hunger relief. The Food Bank is currently in emergency response mode to support local and statewide needs resulting from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The most needed items are nonperishable food, water, baby food, diapers, flashlights and batteries, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the Food Bank warehouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 58,000 people in Southwest Texas rely on the Food Bank’s network of programs and services each week, and more than 74,000,000 hot meals are served annually – and over half a million Southwest Texans are at risk of going hungry.

To feed and inspire the world – One can at a time.

San Antonio’s 12th annual Canstruction® competition is part of an international drive under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration to expand public awareness of the hunger crisis worldwide. Canstruction®, which will take place Sept. 10-23 at North Star Mall combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. It also showcases the talents of local design and construction industry professionals and the students they mentor. In 2014, San Antonio’s Canstruction ranked third out of 150 cities around the world, and donated 97,000 pounds of food, or 81,308 meals.

Ten teams representing the San Antonio chapters of The American Institute of Architects and the Society for Design Administration are given 12 hours on Sunday, Sept. 10 to defy expectations, logic, and gravity as they assemble amazing sculptures using approximately 30,000 cans of food. The sculptures will remain on display throughout North Star Mall’s common areas during mall hours through Saturday, Sept. 23.

Dedicated architects, engineers, and contractors from Alamo Architects with Turner Constructionford, powell & carson architects with Cleary Zimmermann Engineers; RVK Architects with Lundy & Franke Engineering; Kimley Horn and PBK Architects; Smithdish Architecture; LunaMiddleman Architects; Mustard Design Architects; Merrick & Co.; and San Antonio College Architecture Students Team, as well as a team from AIAS-UTSA College of Architecture will work tirelessly to bring their creations to life.

The following day the supersized masterpieces will be judged at the Canopener awards ceremony attended by industry professionals and special guests. Teams will vie for award categories in Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Best Original Design, Most Cans, and Best Use of Orange. The public may also cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award to be announced on Sept. 26. Voting instructions can be found at each structure during their display at North Star Mall.

The public is encouraged to donate canned food at a simultaneous food drive within the mall at participating retailers. For details, click here. 

All canned goods used to create the unconventional art exhibits at North Star Mall will be donated to the San Antonio Food Bank at the close of the competition. In 12 years, Canstruction® has donated more than 472,095 pounds of food. As the major supplier of food for the hungry in Southwest Texas, the San Antonio Food Bank helps provide food for about 58,000 individuals each week through a network of more than 530 partner agencies within a 16-county service area. Every donation, every SA Goes Orange for Hunger campaign button worn, and every means of public outreach helps to fight hunger and feed hope.

The People’s Choice Award will be given to the team that wins the most votes via an online survey here

Canstruction® is a non-profit organization in which teams of architects, engineers, construction firms and students compete to create giant structures made entirely out of canned food. After the event...