Kendall Interior Design Major Leads Second Annual ??Canstruction ?

Posted February 25, 2010

For the second year, Interior Design major Emily Davison is leading the local Canstruction competition.

??I first learned about the Canstruction competition when I went to Chicago in 2008 as part of the Neocon class, ? said Davison, a senior this year. ??I thought the sculptures were absolutely amazing, and there was no reason why we ??Kendall students and professional designers and engineers ??couldn ??t partner to create works of art that will help end hunger in West Michigan. ?

Eight teams of area architecture, engineering, and design firms, as well as Kendall students, will compete in the second annual ??Canstruction ? design/build competition in Grand Rapids. Teams will build 10 ?? x 10 ?? x 8 ?? canned food sculptures to help raise awareness of and end hunger. The cans will be donated to The Salvation Army ??s Booth Family Services, a member of the ACCESS Pantry Network.

The Design/Build Competition to Help End Hunger Will Be on Public Display March 4-7 at West Michigan Home & Garden Show at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids.

This year ??s team entries are: AMDG Architects; Beta Design and Progressive AE; C2AE; Integrated Architecture; Izzy Design, sponsoring a student team from Kendall College of Art and Design; Paradigm Design, Inc., CD Barnes Associates, Inc., Rhoades Engineering Corp.; and the Kendall College of Art and Design student competition winner.

The 2nd annual Canstruction competition is co-sponsored by Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and the law firm of Miller Canfield, supported by the National Interior Design Association Michigan Chapter and endorsed by the Grand Valley Chapter of The American Institute of Architects and The Society for Design Administration.

The first-ever Canstruction event, held in spring 2009, resulted in a donation of over 12,000 canned goods for The Salvation Army ??s Booth Family Services. Nationally organized, Canstruction is a charity committed to ending hunger. In 2010, 32 cities will participate. For more information, and photos of structures, visit Click on participating cities/Grand Rapids.