CANSTRUCTION is a national event that gathers teams of architects, engineers, contractors, students, and the public to design and build structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10’x10’x10’ space. Afterwards, all the canned goods are donated to the Maryland Food Bank.


Team Brown Craig Turner (left) and Team Hord Coplan Macht (right)

The Baltimore event, now in its seventh year, is organized by the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIABaltimore) and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF). In 2015, local architecture firms Brown Craig Turner and Hord Coplan Macht donated a combined total of 3,425 cans of food after being used to design their CANsculptures.

Representing team Brown Craig Turner were Chike Maduabuchi (Marks, Thomas Architects), Patrick Porter (Brown Craig Turner), Camessia Johnson (Brown Craig Turner), Joshua Walker (Morgan State University), and Markus Clark (Grunley Construction). The team brought Baltimore City to the county with their rowhouses structure “Block by Block, Bmore Love Fights Famine.” Trading marble steps for Trader Jose’s Refried Pinto Beans, this impressive canstructure is made of 2,487 cans of food.

Representing team Hord Coplan Macht were Candice Knight, Taejun James Kim, Cedric Al Kazzi, Ben Hickman, Tyler Thurston, and Gil Plaks, all employees of Hord Coplan Macht. The team’s structure “Coins for Cans” is an interactive fountain-like structure made of 938 cans that invites visitors to toss coin donations into buckets perched atop a blue plastic mat resembling water.