December 20, 2018
Bridgeland High School architecture students pose around their structure for the 2018 CANstruction competition. The students worked with VLK Architects and earned the “People’s Choice Award” for the second year in a row. Using the theme “Spin Out Hunger,” the team created a structure depicting the Tasmanian Devil character from the Looney Toons cartoons.
Bridgeland students earn ‘People’s Choice Award’ at CANstruction 2018
Dec. 20, 2018—Bridgeland High School architecture students once again teamed up with VLK Architects to participate in the CANstruction competition Nov. 3 at CityCentre, with the team earning the “People’s Choice Award” for the second year in a row.
Canstruction is an international nonprofit organization aimed at providing canned goods to local food banks by hosting competitions where teams consisting of architects, engineers, contractors and student mentees design and build large structures made of cans. After the competitions, the food is then donated to local food banks.
The organization has collected more than 70 million pounds of canned goods for food banks. In 2017, Houston donated the second-most food as a city, trailing only Yazd, Iran and totaling nearly 172,000 pounds of food.
Using the theme “Spin Out Hunger,” the team of Bridgeland students and VLK Architects created a structure depicting the Tasmanian Devil character from the Looney Toons cartoons. The structure was built from 200 refried bean cans, 700 black bean cans and approximately 100 Manwich cans. The accompanying tornado was constructed of cans of red tomato sauce, while rice and bags of Saladorian red beans were also used to add texture and color to the structure.
“Another successful year of CANstruction in the books for VLK Architects and Bridgeland High School,” said Krista Thomas, VLK Architectural Intern, team captain and a 2010 Cy-Fair High School alumna. “Every year I am amazed about how much talent and creativity that the students bring for this competition. VLK gives them the opportunity to step outside the classroom and compete alongside professional firms. This year was slightly more difficult than years past due to a more complex design. With great teamwork, we were able to pull it off.”
The structures remained on display at the CityCentre throughout voting before the canned goods were distributed to local food banks.