Canned Food Structures on Display for Architecture Competition

by Katie Pyzyk April 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm 7,648 8 Comments

There’s a lighthouse inside the Ballston mall right now, but it’s probably not what you think. It’s one of the many structures on display made entirely of canned food, all for a good cause.

The American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter and the Arlington Food Assistance Center have teamed up for the ninth year to present the Canstruction competition. Teams of architects build structures made entirely out of canned food. All the food donations, which typically add up to tens of thousands of pounds, are then donated to AFAC.

Tonight, the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony at Rock Bottom Brewery, starting at 6:00 p.m. The displays will remain intact throughout the mall until 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.

  • courthound

    The sea monster outside Rock Bottom is way cool.

  • B-Rad

    I wish they would not buy that cheap generic tuna. The sandwich I had for lunch today was not all that tasty.

  • ArlingtonWay

    Saw these last night and have to say it is impressive in its own way. Also saw a mom snatch up her toddler daughter moments before she careened into the lighthouse!

  • FrenchyB

    Looks like someone toppled part of the display in photos 6 and 8.

  • Thes

    So glad this is inspiring people while generating food donations to AFAC. AFAC is an awesome organization.

    • FrenchyB

      Agreed – looking forward to their gleaning events in the summer and fall.

  • barry

    This report is total bull$hit. About 20 of Arlington’s 450 homeless have been placed in real homes over the past 6 months. Do the math.

    • JohnB2

      AFAC does not often work with homeless people. They usually work with families and individuals who are having a hard time providing enough nutritious food for their families. The main group of homeless people they do work with are children attending ACPS.


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