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South Coast Plaza Hosts 6th Annual Design-Build Competition

AIA-SABPCanstruction is an international design-build competition and Orange County is one of over 100 cities that combines the fun of a design build with an ingenious way to help feed hungry people in Orange county.  17 local prominent architectural, engineering, planning and design firms create these large structures built entirely out of cans and otherWoody non-perishable food items. The structures were assembled by volunteer teams which include students and interns from local colleges. The overnight building sessions took place at South Coast Plaza and Crystal Court on Friday August 30th.

Judging occurs in categories such as Best Use of Label, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, and Jurors Favorite. Awards are presented at an annual fundraising Gala. At the close of the event all of the 64,314 cans of food will be boxer up, and donated to the Orange County Food Bank.

Lady bug

AIA Orange County team is “taking a bite out of hunger” with a 2500 can sculpture depicting a wave, a surfboard and a shark’s tail made out of sardine cans. Some other notable entrants are a 7’ tall Genie standing on his lamp, “wishing away hunger” created by KTGY Group Inc. Fluor corporation used 6,582 cans to build a bulldozer out of a varietyGenie and lamp (2) of beans “Bulldozing Hunger! CAN you Dig it!” . With the California theme in mind, team Bassenian/Lagoni  built a woody with a surfboard on top using 2,400 cans.  “Hunger Bugs Us” was the Gensler theme, creating a giant lady bug out of  5,050 cans.

Be sure to stop by to see all 17 of these creative works of art before they are removed. The CANstruction sculptures will be on display until September 29th.

It all starts with ONE CAN!  SABP is proud to be a part of this worthy cause.