Photos courtesy Canstruction/AIA
Photos courtesy Canstruction/AIA Atlanta

The 17th annual Atlanta Canstruction event to benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank is back at Colony Square in November

On Nov. 5, 18 teams of architects, engineers, design professionals and contractors will converge on the Colony Square atrium to “CAN”struct structures built from thousands of pounds of canned goods. The structures will remain on display to the general public for free from Nov. 6-15.

The teams will have only seven hours to assemble their structures and are allowed to use canned goods of all shapes and sizes, tape, 1/4” wood, rubber bands, string, Velcro, and wire to create self-supporting structures of everything from cars, planes, cartoon characters, Atlanta landmarks and more.

On Nov. 6, a panel of prominent Atlanta jurors will name winners in seven categories. These include “Best Use of Labels,” “Best Meal, “Best Structural Ingenuity,” “Most Cans,” “People’s Choice,” “Juror’s Favorite,” and “Honorable Mention.” The winners of each local competition will move on to compete at the annual International Canstruction competition.

The winners will be announced on Nov. 13 at the 17th annual Canstruction Gala from 6-9 p.m. being held at the W Hotel Midtown. Guests and participants will be entertained by the Breeze Kings and Emcee Jeff Elliot of the Jeff and Melissa morning show with B98.5. The public is invited to attend the Awards Gala and tickets will be available at the build-out as well as at the door for $15.

At the conclusion of the exhibit, all of the canned food will be donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank for distribution to hundreds of nonprofits with hunger-relief programs in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia.
The event is organized by The Atlanta Chapter of the Society for Design Administration (SDA) and the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta).

For more information, visit canstructionatl.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.