September 7, 2011


Every year in the month of September one of the local malls hosts the “Festival of Children”. Canstruction®, a charity committed to ending world hunger, is using 'one can' as a catalyst for change. Over 500,00 Orange County residents are food insecure. Orange County Canstruction® occurs every September in conjunction with the Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza.

What is canstruction®?

An international community service project by the design & construction industry to benefit local food banks where teams of architects, engineers, designers, contractors and/or those professionals mentoring students, associations or business compete by designing and building structures made entirely out of canned foods. via

The people who construct the can sculptures have 12 hours to build them, so time is of the essence. Here are few of this year’s creations.


Dougherty + Dougherty Architects LLP
"Hello Kitty, Goodbye Hunger”

6,800 cans

Disneyland Resort Design & Engineering
"Sea the Difference a CAN makes..."
5,400 cans

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)
"Lending a Hand to Bag Hunger"
9,500 cans

Suffolk - ROEL
"Cook Away Hunger"
4,500 cans

URS Corporation
"Welcome to CANUP House, 'Up, Up and Away'"
2,900 cans

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Pretty cool, huh? There are 14 sculptures in total and each is pretty impressive.



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