What seven teams of architects and engineers built with food

Every year in more than 150 cities around the globe, architects, engineers, designers and students face off to fight hunger through an annual competition known as Canstruction, where 10-foot sculptures are built almost entirely of canned foods and then judged in categories such as "Structural Ingenuity" and "Best Use of Labels."


Architects, engineers, designers and students build their structures for the 17th annual Canstruction competition in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Photo by Tidewater Community College

Every year in more than 150 cities throughout the globe, architects, engineers, designers and students face off to fight hunger through an annual competition known as Canstruction. The "delicious" rivalry results in 10-foot sculptures built almost entirely of canned foods and then judged in categories including "Structural Ingenuity," "Best Use of Labels," and "Best Meal."

After the creations have been on display for a few days, they are carefully dismantled and all of the canned goods -- upwards of 30,000 pounds of food from a single competition event -- are donated to local food banks and pantries. Worldwide, last year's Canstructions brought in more than 3.4 million pounds. The goal this year is 4 million.

Snapshots of winners from the local competitions are shipped to the American Institute of Architects' national convention, where they will be judged for international bragging rights next year.

Art Beat recently visited the Selden Arcade in Norfolk, Va., to profile the 17th annual Hampton Roads Canstruction. Tune in for Jeffrey Brown's full report on Wednesday evening's PBS NewsHour.

But first, it's your turn to do a little judging. To which of this year's Norfolk Canstructions would you give top marks? Check out the images and then vote in our poll below.

"End hunger with a BANG!" -- Tidewater Community College Engineering Club


With over 11,000 pounds of food, the Tidewater Community College Engineering Club created a bridge waiting to be blown up. You can see the dynamite and TNT below the bridge to symbolize "blowing up hunger."

"Faceblock" -- PF&A Design


PF&A Design has competed in Canstruction many times. This year, they created a box with a face trying to get out. Paul Finch from PF&A described it as a person "trying to get out of the box of hunger."

"DOHn't PLAY with Your Food" -- HBA Architecture & Interior Design