NEW YORK - For the last 21 years, Jen Greene, director of marketing at Ammann & Whitney, has been coordinating a program that accomplishes a great goal -- providing relief to hungry New Yorkers.

Sculpture of a cloud with tuna made out of cans

“CANstruction New York” was conceived by the Society for Design Administration as a creative way for architects and engineers to contribute to social causes. Teams design and build structures with a theme related to world hunger relief.

Sculpture made out of cans

The only CANstruction materials allowed are non-perishable food items such as canned or otherwise sealed items.

The 2013 competitors’ exhibits were on display at 200 Vesey Street in the World Financial Center in the Winter Garden and AMEX lobby. Prizes are awarded forjuror’s favorite, best structure, best use of labels and best meal. When the exhibit is over and structures are “de-canstructed”, all food is donated to City Harvest, which then distributes it to more than 400 food programs around New York.
This is the 21st year of the program, which to date has donated more than 1.8 million pounds of food to City Harvest. The exhibit, which closes on Nov. 13 at 5:00 p.m. is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring a can to donate to the cause.
Greene plans to have an Ammann & Whitney team. Click here to view an interview Greene participated in with New Tang Dynasty television. For more information, visit