Houston, TX – Members of the St. Agnes and Strake Jesuit Engineering Team competed in Canstruction® Houston, a design competition for architecture firms and high schools. In this event, participants drew attention to hunger relief efforts by building creative structures from canned food items and making a poster that explained the theme of their creation. After a week, all of the cans will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Throughout the fall, the team met with mentors from English+Associates Architects to discuss its design and construction plan. Each member of the team was given a specialized task, from designing the structure of the cans, to creating the poster.
Team leader Meron Wonderad (St. Agnes Academy, Class of 2015) said, “The Canstruction process was hard but highly rewarding; figuring out all the kinks of our structure and finalizing every part of the project was a fun way for all of us to learn how to work together as team.”
The team’s design was drawn from Dr. Seuss’s™ Thing One and Thing Two, the idea being that if we are capable of making a mess, we should also be able to clean it up, much like the Things picked up whatever they messed up in The Cat in the Hat. Hunger is a manmade problem; therefore we can create a solution to solve it. By participating in Canstruction, the team made an effort to help solve this issue in a creative way. The team is donating a total of 3,200+ cans with the help of Walmart and Goya Foods to the Houston Food Bank, and the structure will be displayed for viewing at the Hotel Sorella Meetings & Events Centre (Plaza Way, Houston, TX) at CITYCENTRE from November 17-23.
Canstruction® Houston is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that puts a visual spotlight on hunger by showcasing impressive sculptures created by Houston area architects, engineers, construction firms, and the students training to join the workforce of said professionals. Participants are challenged to design and build colossal sculptures using canned food as their primary building block. Once the competition is completed and the winners have been named, the canned goods will be donated to the Houston Food Bank to help hungry Houstonians. Since 1992, professional and student teams from Houston have participated in this competition to donate more than 400,000 pounds of food (more than 200 tons) to the Houston Food Bank.