Students Compete in Building Competition
A team of Rensselaer architecture students took home the “Structural Ingenuity” award at this year’s Canstruction event at the New York State Museum.
Canstruction is an international charity competition in which architects and engineers compete to design and build structures made entirely from cans of food. At the close of the competition, all of the food is donated to local food banks where the competitions are held.
This year is the third year that the Capital Region has held a Canstruction competition and the second year Rensselaer has had a team participate. The team’s project, titled “We’re not in CANsas anymore,” had a Wizard of Oz theme complete with a swirling tornado, yellow brick road, and replica of the Emerald City. The team raised more than $4,000 to donate 3,000 cans, over twice as much as last year, according to team caption Tyler Hopf, a senior in architecture.
“I think this is something myself and the rest of the students feel is a huge part of our time here in the area, and we will bring the spirit of the event with us wherever we end up,” Hopf said.
The Canstruction team members are: Alex Dorn, Julia Grabazs, Cady Guyton, Dillon Webster, Emily Mastropiero, Chris Fuller, Hyatt Tortorella, Kateri Knapp, Mary Rose Basile, Michelle Lahnemann, Monika Grinbergs, Ryan Kresser, Sarah Goldfarb, Sarah Murray, Abby Speight, James Bradley, and Kevin Conlin. Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Architecture Mark Mistur ’83 served as the faculty adviser.
At the close of the exhibition, every can is donated to the Food Pantries for the Capital District to help feed families in the Capital Region.