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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Creating models such as the Mayflower and the Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine, 24 teams of architects and designers focused on transportation for this year’s Canstruction event in the nation’s capital.

The teams worked on building designs from canned goods over the weekend before Thanksgiving. Presented by the Washington Architectural Foundation, the annual event helps provide 6,500 cans of food for the Capital Area Food bank in Washington, D.C, according to the foundation’s website.

A 40-second time-lapse video by WorkZone Cam shows the 24 teams building transportation-themed models out of cans for the annual Canstruction event in Washington, D.C.

“We have done it for 17 years,” Mary Fitch, executive vice president at the Washington Architectural Foundation, told The Frederick News-Post. “It is a great way for artists to show off their creativity. And in the end, it will do a lot of good for hungry families in the Washington region.”

Canstruction2015 is part of an international movement to provide food to those who need it. Since it was founded in 1992, teams in 150 cities the events have provided nearly 30 million cans of food for hunger relief, according to the charity’s website. The models also serve as a public art display.

Team members at the D.C. event spent six hours on Nov. 24 to build the models, which were then on display at the National Building Museum through Monday (Nov. 30). After the cans were counted, the teams began a “de-canstruction” as a People’s Choice award was to be given Monday.

During the event, teams got creative with the transportation theme. In addition to canned structures a la the Mayflower—an appropriate model for the week of Thanksgiving—and the mean, green machine from Scooby-Doo, they built a CAN-nook Chopper to the Rescue and a Lunar module, according to the foundation.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Ethics; Transportation

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