According to its website, Canstruction "is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations." Canstruction has helped raise over 21 million pounds of food since 1992.
Canstruction was a great event that celebrated community stakeholders as well as project-based learning. Students designed and built all of the structures pictured below. At the beginning, a community architect and university professor spoke. My favorite quote of the day is from Mike Ellis. He stated:
"Art is what architects put into buildings every day."
Canstruction was a success. Students are engaged when they have relevant learning opportunities outside of the classroom and ownership of the final product of that learning.