Campus ‘Canstruction’

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Teams of students and employees from the School of Architecture and other colleges competed in the Center for Urban and Community Design’s (CUCD) annual Canstruction competition.

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A student team uses cans to replicate a tower in Abu Dhabi. Their tower collapsed, but CUCD Director Sonia Chao said it was the tallest creation ever built for the annual Canstruction competition.

Building unique structures made of canned goods that ranged from beans and broccoli to corn and candied yams, teams of students and employees from the School of Architecture and other colleges competed in the Center for Urban and Community Design’s (CUCD) annual Canstruction competition, with the “canstruction” materials—all 600 cans—being donated to Miami’s Camillus House. The Parthenon team of architecture students RJ Stanfield, Hooman Akhtari, Ruoyao “Rain” Liu, and Xuan “Sherri” Wang captured first place, creating a structure that Sonia Chao, research assistant professor and CUCD director, described as paying “homage to elements of architectural design—the column, the vault, the staircase, the flying buttress, and cantilevers—they felt best represented the elegance of building designs.”


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