10th Annual Canstruction Event

ATLANTA- November 7, 2008 -Nineteen teams of Atlanta architects, engineers, contractors, designers and students have combined their creative talents to help fight hunger in a national competition appropriately titled Canstruction - an event that showcases extraordinary, larger-than-life, colorful sculptures.

The free, community event exhibits approximately 66,000 pounds canned goods constructed into beautiful, architecturally designed sculptures. Using nothing but cans, tape, cardboard, rubber bands, string, Plexiglas and wire, the participating teams erected sculptures of everything from telephones to Wall Street.

Master of Ceremonies for the awards celebration is Holly Firfer, of Atlanta and Company. The celebration will be held November 7, 6-8 pm at Underground Atlanta to announce the winners. A select panel of Jurors met to choose the 2008 winners in eight categories including Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Best Structural Ingenuity.The press is welcome to attend, but this event is not open to the public.

The structures are on display at Underground Atlanta through November 16, 2008. There public is welcome to tour Underground Atlanta and view the sculptures for free.

Canstruction is organized by the American Institute of Architects Atlanta Chapter, the Society for Design Administration Atlanta and hosted by Underground Atlanta. This national competition allots competing design teams just 7 hours to construct structures that may consist of thousands of individual cans per structure.

The American Institute of Architects Atlanta (AIA Atlanta) vision is to bring leadership to the built environment. AIA Atlanta's mission is to advance the quality of life in our communities through inspiration and leadership in both design and the built environment. AIA Atlanta represents Atlanta's voice in architecture, is dedicated to serving its members and to advancing their value while improving the quality of the built environment in the Atlanta metropolitan area and North Georgia. AIA Atlanta is the ninth largest chapter in the nation with more than 1700 members of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals. Visit www.aiaatlanta.org.

For over 46 years, the Society for Design Administration (SDA), an affiliate of The American Institute of Architects, has promoted education and best practices in management and professional standards of design firm administrative personnel. SDA Membership stretches across the United States and Canada and is composed of personnel in the design profession, including architecture, engineering, construction, landscape and interior design. Visit www.sdadmin.org.

Conveniently located near the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia State Capitol, World of Coca-Cola, and the Martin Luther King Jr. History Center, Underground Atlanta is a great place to start the day visiting downtown's attractions and events. Located in the heart of the city, Underground offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and activities for everyone to enjoy. Explore six blocks, twelve acres, three levels and 225,000 ft. of shopping, restaurants, entertainment and clubs in Atlanta's hottest nightclub area, Kenny's Alley! Be sure to visit www.underground-atlanta.com for more information or call Underground Atlanta at 404-523-2311.

Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank currently distributes almost 2 million pounds of food and other donated grocery items monthly to more than 800 nonprofit partner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. Distributing these donations to low-income Georgians, our partner agencies provide dynamic links between the local community, the Food Bank and our supporters. Visit www.acfb.org.