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Who Can? New Yorkers

Notes from Rita F. Catinella
Products Editor


RECORD Publisher Elaine Shusterman (right) with actor Stanley Tucci and CANSTRUCTION chair Cheri C. Melillo, Hon. AIA.


A toaster by Fox & Fowle.


"Sardine Submarine" by Polshek Partnership.

Photos: © Rita Catinella

The 9th Annual CANSTRUCTION competition to benefit Food For Survival, The New York City Food Bank, was held on Thursday, November 8th at the New York Design Center. Thirty teams representing the New York design world used non-perishable food items, such as tins of sardines and cans of peas, to design everything from a submarine (Polshek Partnership) to a giant Metrocard (The Thornton-Tomasetti Group). The jury included triple-threat actor/director/producer Stanley Tucci, Hugh Hardy, FAIA, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates LLP, Margaret Helfand, FAIA, NY Chapter President, AIA, and principal of Helfand Myerberg & Guggenheimer, interior designer Stephanie Stokes, Interior Design editor-in-chief Cindy Allen, and last but certainly not least, RECORD's publisher, Elaine Shusterman. All of the items used to construct the entries are donated to the food bank.

Although I was disappointed that actor Steve Buscemi wasn't able to make it as a presenter and I became a bit sleepy when opening remarks went on too long, the entries themselves were worth the trip—I walked through all 17 floors of showrooms that hosted the various displays. Most of the entries had a New York theme; including several different versions of "The Big Apple," a New York Fire Deparment hat, a hot dog stand, and a version of the Guggenheim museum. My favorites were Fox & Fowle Architects' giant toaster that included a slice of toast topped with two bags of rice to suggest a pat of butter, and Polshek Partnership's "Sardine Submarine" which had an ocean of water bottles, a working propeller, and background music playing "The Yellow Submarine" by the Beatles.

The event was sponsored by the AIA/NY Chapter, the Society of Design Administration/NY Chapter, and the New York Design Center. The entries are on display at the NYDC (200 Lexington Ave.) from November 8th through the 21st, Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 5pm. For further info on how you can participate, contact Cheri C. Melillo at 212/792-4666; cmelillo@brb.com.

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