AIA’s Canstruction at the Shops at Liberty Place

‘s fifth annual Canstruction structures are going to be taken down this Saturday, May 21, at the Shops at Liberty Place so unless you’ve seen the Phanatic built entirely of cans already, you really have no reason to not go. The Canstruction design/build competition teams up the city’s architects, engineers and contractors to create giant structures completely out of canned food in just 12 hours.

The city-based and clever structures at 1601 Chestnut Street are all in an effort to fight hunger; this Saturday, when the competition is over, the canned food will be donated to Philabundance (the public is also invited to contribute canned foods). In 2010, Canstruction raised 30,011 pounds of food. A foundation of the Society for Design Administration, Canstruction is held all over the United States each year, donating more than 10 million pounds of canned goods to local food banks local in each competition city. —-Caitlin Connors