Each year the Washington Architectural Foundation and Society for Design Administration take over D.C.’s Shops at 2000 Penn to create Canstruction, when local architecture and design firms create structures made out of canned foods. By showcasing the cans and colors of the labels, they are able to create structures that will later be de-canstructed and donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. Visitors can vote for their favorite structure by bringing their own cans — next to each design there is a food bin, each food item donated equals one vote and one structure will go on to win the People’s Choice Award. You have until October 2nd to swing by 2000 Penn to cast your vote.

If you can’t make it, check out my photo gallery of this year’s entries.The photo above, of Big Ben, was created by AECOM.


DC’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Public Library by Rippeteau Architects, PC


Pea-tronas Towers by HDR Inc.


The Guggenheim by Association Builders and Construction of Metro Washington and the Montgomery College Student Chapter Association


Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Beijing China by American Society of Civil Engineers: NCS YMF


Lost Island Statue by Hartman-Cox Architects


CANtheon by Burt Hill


Windmills of Holland by David M. Schwarz Architects


The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest by EYP


Brunelleschi’s Dome by Cannon Design


HSB Turning Torso in Sweden by MV+A Architects


Moai Heads of Easter Island by SmithGroup


Red Telephone Box by Robert Silman Associates


The Sydney Opera House by Clark Nexsen


Mayan Temple by Leo A Daly

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  • FrenchTwistDC September 28, 2010  

    No Eiffel Tower??

  • Britannia September 28, 2010  

    I know, right. They managed to include DC’s “iconic” Martin Luther King Jr., Public Library and LOST’s big foot– but no Eiffel Tower.

    @FrenchTwistDC I think you should write a letter 😉

  • BS September 28, 2010  

    The MLK library seems like a particularly odd choice to me. I’m a big fan of the hall of prayer made out of pasta though

  • Lisa September 29, 2010  

    Hard to say- the windmill, telephone booth and Brunelleschi’s Dome are my fav’s!

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