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Life by Design

Art feeding the hungry? I love it already. In its fifth year, Canstruction LA gets architects, designers and engineers from around the city to exercise their creativity for a good cause. I went behind the scenes before their opening and got a great inside look.

19 October 2010

Gensler and Arup’s camera-inspired “Can-on Picture a World Without Hunger”.
All images ©Tom Bonner

A/N recently took a sneak peak at late night preparations for the fifth annual Canstruction LA, a charitable design competition—whose pieces are currently on display in the lobby of 5900 Wilshire Boulevard— that taps teams of architects, designers, builders and engineers to create large-scale sculptures using canned goods (and even a few water bottles) that will eventually be donated to the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. What we found was a furor of activity, many boxes of pizza, and a bit of competitive banter among teams. “It’s like Christmas morning,” said Damian Carroll, one of the founders of Canstruction LA. The eight teams worked way past their normal office hours putting together their closely guarded designs. “You’ll see them, going to peek at the other ones and thinking, ‘What are they building? What is that thing?’” said Carroll. And how do these firms get all these cans? “You get to know the store managers really well,” said Cassandra Coffin of HKS Architects, the team that brought a yellow-skinned Despicable Me minion to life this year. [read more]


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