Local architecture firms will showcase their creativity and philanthropic spirit tonight at the Canstruction event, held at Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Participants will use canned goods to build elaborate sculptures, which will be judged on Saturday. Shoppers can also vote for their favorite canned art sculptures until Monday. The structures will be on display until next Sunday, after which the cans will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC).
Canstruction is a global hunger relief charity that organizes similar events around the world. The American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia Chapter and Fashion Centre have partnered to host the event and support AFAC. Participating firms are responsible for purchasing the canned goods, designing the structures, and donating the collected items to a local food bank.
Food donations are crucial to AFAC, as they make up 40% of the food distributed. The 30,000 pounds of canned goods from Canstruction will greatly help AFAC in meeting its goal of distributing 1.5 million pounds of food to families in need. The CEO of AFAC, Charles Meng, highlights the importance of events like Canstruction in addressing food insecurity and having fun while doing so.
Shoppers visiting the Canstruction display are encouraged to support AFAC by donating canned goods or cash through the provided QR codes until September 16th. This year, the competition has moved to Fashion Centre at Pentagon City after being previously held at Dulles or National airport. The winning team will have the opportunity to compete on the international stage against other Canstruction events worldwide.
This event not only showcases the creativity of local architecture firms but also provides vital support to a local food bank, making a significant impact in the fight against hunger.
– Arlington Food Assistance Center