Colorful Architecture Student Project Benefits Food Pantries
A group of School of Architecture students raised more than $2,000 and collected more than 1,600 cans of food for area food pantries in the second annual Capital District CANstruction event.
CANstruction—a nonprofit organization committed to ending hunger—organizes regional competitions in which local residents build and exhibit structures built entirely of cans of food. The structures raise awareness (and food) for food pantries. Following the exhibition, the structures are disassembled and the cans are donated to local food pantries.
The Rensselaer team, the only student team in an event dominated by architecture and engineering firms, won the award for “Best Use of Labels,” one of four awards given among the 14 teams, according to Tyler Hopf, a fourth-year student and captain of the Rensselaer team.
“It was great to represent RPI, win an award, and donate so much to a great cause,” Hopf said.
The theme of this year’s CANstruction project is animals, and the students' 10' x 10' x 8' structure—shaped and patterned like a peacock—will be on display along with other entries on the fourth floor of the New York State Museum through April 26.
The team members are (pictured left to right): Emily Mastropiero, Cady Guyton, Rachel Medina, Katie Brust, Hyatt Tortorella, Tyler Hopf, Sarah Goldfarb, Julia Grabazs, Alex Dorn, and Cat Callaghan. Mark Mistur, associate dean of architecture, also participated.