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Designing with Soup and Corn

UC Riverside Engineering Students to Compete in “Canstruction” fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum

Canned goods are the ultimate construction material in a contest that crosses design, arts appreciation and feeding the hungry

(April 22, 2007)

Bob the Builder, designed for a previous Canstruction contestEnlarge

Bob the Builder, designed for a previous Canstruction contest

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — A student team from UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering will compete as one of five Southern California teams in Canstruction, a Riverside Arts Alliance fundraiser for the Riverside Art Museum.

Canstruction is an international service project of the design and construction industry, and credited to The Society for Design Administration.

Team members are: Nichola Kinsinger (Team Captain), Christina Zapata, Giovanni Denina, Deep Shah and Su New. Team supporters are Jesse Banuelos, Lindsay Yee, Martin Gawecki, Anand Panchal and David Keith.

Design teams will build a structure that is 10 feet by 10 feet by 8 feet high, made entirely from canned foods. The structures will be built at the Riverside Art Museum starting Tuesday, April 24, and ready for judging at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 26. The judging panel will include local newspaper columnist Dan Bernstein.

A “Can Opener” Gala at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., will be the culminating event, with an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. April 26. Tickets are $19.99 per person, with money raised going to the Riverside Art Museum.
The structures will remain at the Riverside Art Museum through May 23, and will be viewable by museum visitors. The structures will be dismantled during a “Decanstruction” event on May 24 and 25 and all of the food will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Winners of this competition can move on to the regional and national levels of the Canstruction competition.

UC Riverside will compete against:
• HDR Architecture, Pasadena, California

• HMC Architects, Ontario, California

• Carla Bender, Spirit Trail Studios, Riverside, California

• Students from the Department of Architecture, Cal Poly, Pomona

This event is sponsored by Altura Credit Union, Camille and Tom Sanders, SPF:architects, and Lola and Harold Taylor/Taylor Appliances.

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