November 19, 2001
Notes from Rita F. Catinella
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
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 tripI 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; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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