One of the most visually stunning demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will provide a much‐needed source of food for Oregon Food Bank.
Portland, Ore. – April 20, 2015 – Celebrating 10 years at Pioneer Place and two decades as one of the world’s most imaginative food charities, the Canstruction® exhibition and competition will invite Oregon’s top architecture, engineering, and construction firms to transform more than 15,000 cans of food into whimsical, wildly inventive sculptures at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland from April 27 to May 3, 2015. A small preview, brought to you courtesy of the Canstruction® committee and Pioneer Place, is now on display in a window near the corner of SW 5th and SW Morrison.
An annual art show, design competition, and food drive all rolled into one, Canstruction® raises hunger awareness by challenging teams of architects, engineers, and construction personnel to create larger-than-life pop art masterpieces made entirely out of unopened cans of food. Our major sponsor for the Portland Event is HFO Investment Real Estate and our contributing sponsors are The Oregon Building Officials Association, Umpqua Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Leatherman Tools, DOWA-IBI Group Architects, ConAgra Foods, and The Society for Design Administration.
While admission is free, visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to bring high quality non-perishable foods such as tuna, beans and canned vegetables, which will be donated along with the cans used in the competition to Oregon Food Bank.
Last year’s event resulted in a donation of approximately 36,000 pounds of food and $17,000 to Oregon Food Bank. Since its inception in 1997, the Portland event has raised approximately 527,000 pounds of food and donated $187,000 to help fight hunger in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Nationally organized, Canstruction® is a 501(c) (3) charity committed to ending hunger. After the teams construct these elaborate structures, each structure will be judged by the Portland Canstruction® jury and awards will be given for Most Meals, People’s Choice, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, Juror’s Favorite, and Honorable Mention.
The structures will be on display and open to the public on both sides of Pioneer Place, located at 700 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR, 97204. The exhibit will be open Monday, April 27, through Sunday, May 3, 6:00 PM.
This year’s participating teams will be: Ankrom Moisan Architects, Arciform, BergerABAM, Bremik Construction, Columbia Sportswear, David Evans & Associates, GBD Architects, Hoffman Construction, New Seasons Market, Mackenzie, Scott | Edwards Architecture, Turner Construction, and VLMK Engineering & Design.
About Canstruction®: Canstruction® is the most unique food charity in the world. A foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), Canstruction® is a design/build competition held in cities throughout the world. Each year teams of architects and engineers compete to build unique sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. Portland is one of more than 200 cities around the world taking part in the international competition, which has donated more than 20 million pounds of food to local hunger programs since its founding in 1992.
About Oregon Food Bank: Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four branches and 17 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems. For more information, visit www.oregonfoodbank.org and to donate visit