Ghafari Triumphs at CANstruction Detroit!

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December 06, 2018
Dearborn, MI – Ghafari proudly participated in this year’s CANstruction Detroit, an AIA Detroit-led design + build competition in which teams of local architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and students came together to design and construct structures made entirely from canned food within a 10' x 10' x 10' space. Following the competition and public exhibition, all of the “building materials” will be donated to Gleaners Community Foodbank of Southeastern Michigan. 

This year’s competition was inspired by the theme "Nostalgic 90s". Our team combined creativity, pragmatism, and a giving spirit to develop our “CANstructure”, modeled after the beloved Home Alone movie franchise and comprised of more than 3,800 cans.

Awards were distributed at Noel Night on December 1 at Wayne State University’s Welcome Center, where the CANstructures are currently on display. The Ghafari team walked away with a whopping three of six awards, including “Most Cans”, “Best Use of Labels”, and the coveted “People’s Choice” (awarded based on on-site cash donations and number of Facebook likes)! This recognition capped off a fun CANstruction experience that gave us the opportunity to flex our creative muscles while supporting a hunger-free community in Southeast Michigan.

CANstruction is a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the “CANstructures” go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations.

The Detroit competition was a collaborative effort organized by AIA Detroit, Gleaners Community Foodbank of Southeastern Michigan, Wayne State University, and Kroger
Sydney Dunn, Marketing Associate
(312) 984-2300 x2269


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