Spotted: Nine groups of architects and engineers tape swarming around the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday. And no, Lego-Land was not offering first come, first serve giveaways.
So what were 60+ of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s most creative A/E professionals doing on the rotunda floor before doors opened to the public? Feeding the hungry, that’s what.
More specifically, these nine teams each representing architecture and engineering firms across the metro area were competing in the area’s annual Canstruction competition. Canstruction, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, motivates volunteer teams across the world to create larger-than-life structures constructed entirely of canned foods. The cans are then donated to a local food shelf, with Second Harvest receiving the 48,794-pound bounty from the 2016 Bloomington battle.
With intrigued curiosities, we caught up with ISG’s team lead and firm architectural designer, Tara Ketchum, to learn more about the event and story behind ISG’s local, General Mills-inspired structure.