Central Iowa CANstruction

Central Iowa CANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcased their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned food. Our Des Moines studio chose to build a life-size hashtag (#) as a symbol of the power of social media and the opportunity it provides for interaction with the public. Visitors to the build could use our hashtag to start an online conversation with a broader audience, promoting CANstruction and the fight to end hunger. All food used to create the sculpture was donated to the Food Bank of Iowa. For more information about the Food Bank of Iowa and volunteer opportunities, visit