Helping the Hungry

Design professionals create sculpture and donate food to needy

Helping the Hungry - News & Blog - PARTNERS of Architecture - giant-crayonsAn eight and a half foot tall “box of crayons” made from canned goods to be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank was devised and constructed by design professionals from PARTNERS in Architecture. It was on display at the Wayne State University Welcome Center for Detroit’s Noel Night until mid-December 2017.  The sculpture, which was made from 2,556 cans, was the firm’s entry for the Detroit American Institute of Architects’ 2017 CANstruction® competition with the theme of “imagine”.  With this display, PARTNERS in Architecture provided food and hope to hungry neighbors in southeast Michigan and reminded us to imagine the unlimited possibilities of creating/designing with a new box of crayons.

CANstruction® is a charity event and exhibition where teams of architects, designers, engineers and contractors compete to create colossal sculptures made out of canned goods and other nonperishable food items.  Founded in 1992, CANstruction’s mission is to highlight the issue of hunger across communities, collect food for distribution to local areas and to showcase the creativity of the design industry. In metro Detroit it is in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Detroit, Detroit-area architecture/engineering firms and Gleaners Community Food Bank.  For nearly forty years Gleaners has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities.”


Honor Award Received

The highest Honor recognition from the Fire Industry Education Resource Organization (F.I.E.R.O.) was presented to PARTNERS in Architecture in September of 2016 for adaptation of an existing facility.  F.I.E.R.O., a national organization,...
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