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"Hungry Humpty" won an award for "Structural Ingenuity."
Photo by: Graham Prentice

Using 52,000 pounds of canned goods, 18 teams of engineers, architects and designers competed in Toronto’s 14th Annual Canstruction Competition, donating their time, talent and canned food to build clever and edible structures, all destined to help Daily Bread Food Bank. The 'Canstructures' were on display in the lobbies of four towers at 77 King Street West.

Canstruction is a non-profit competition that decreases hunger and fights poverty in Toronto and cities around the world. Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed more than 17.5 million pounds of food. The competition raises awareness and collects food donations.

Twelve out of 18 teams -- and five out of six award winners -- were from Ontario engineering firms:

  1. BA Consulting GroupHungry Humpty, for Structural Ingenuity.
  2. Hatch Mott MacDonaldCARE-ousel of Hope, for Best Use of Labels.
  3. GHDThe Seasons Change, but the Need Remains, for Best Meal.
  4. exp Services, Hunger is no Game! won one of two Honourable Mentions.
  5. AECOMCAN See No Hunger, won an Honourable Mention.
  6. Turner Fleischer Architects“TWO CANS” Are Better Than One, for Juror's Favourite.

For media coverage and great photos:

  1. UrbanToronto.ca
  2. TheBulletin.ca
  3. Video in The Toronto Star, GTA section
  4. The Grid, June 6-12 issue, page 11 (on paper).
  5. CanadianArchitect.com
  6. Daily Commercial News video

Toronto is a Canstruction leader among the 200 cities that participate around the world. Since Canstruction started in Toronto in 1999, the city's event has donated more than 680,000 pounds of food – enough to feed 28,000 people.

“Many people don’t realize how close hunger is to them," says Gail Nyberg, of Daily Bread Food Bank. "It could be a neighbour, a coworker, a student in a child’s classroom and the need is consistently high throughout the year."

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