What is CANstruction®?

CANstruction® is a not-for-profit organization that addresses hunger across the world. CANstruction competitions are held in cities across the United States and internationally.

Capital Region CANstruction is an annual exhibit and design competition that connects talented architects, engineers, contractors, and students in the capital of New York State to imagine and create colossal structures built completely out of canned food items. The structures are on display on the fourth floor of the New York State Museum for two weeks, raising awareness of food insecurity in our region while highlighting local design talent. At the close of the exhibit, every can is donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District to help feed families in the Capital Region.

All competitions are governed by a standardized set of rules and regulations. Each city’s entries are judged in a number of categories by a local panel and winning designs compete, via photography, at the AIA Convention each year.  The timing of each city’s event varies.  Capital Region CANstruction is held each spring, as that is when our local food pantries have the greatest need. The food and funds from our annual event help bridge the need between the often abundant holiday season and the typically slow summer months.

If you have any questions about Capital Region CANstruction,  please contact Sara Stein, President, at sstein@eypae.com or 518 795 3849.


Capital Region CANstruction Impact

Thousands of hungry people are fed wherever a CANstruction competition is held.

In addition to the cans that make up the exhibit, the public is asked to provide support by bringing cans when they visit the exhibit.  Bins are provided next to each CANstructure and each can is used as a voting tool- the team/structure that collects the most cans during the length of the exhibit wins the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Since our inception in 2011, Capital Region CANstruction has donated over 450,000 lbs of food and $136,400 to The Food Pantries for the Capital District.


To learn how you can contribute to the next Capital Region CANstruction, visit our Events page.

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To learn more about CANstruction, Inc, visit http://www.canstruction.org/