CAN-do Attitude

by Mary Martialay on April 17, 2012

A few weeks ago guest-blogger Tyler Hopf wrote about a fundraising effort he and a team of fellow Rensselaer School of Architecture students had undertaken on behalf of local food pantries. The students were preparing an entry for the second annual annual Capital District CANstruction.

In a recent update to the original post, Hopf reached out to say that the students raised more than $2,000 and more than 1,600 cans of food for area food pantries with their entry (pictured above).

CANstruction – a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger – organizes regional competitions in which local residents build and exhibit structures built entirely of cans of food. The structures raise awareness (and food) for food pantries. Following the exhibition, the structures are disassembled, and the cans are donated to local food pantries.

The Rensselaer team, the only student team in an event dominated by architecture and engineering firms, won the award for “Best Use of Labels,” one of four awards given among the 14 teams. Hopf said:

It was great to represent RPI, win an award and donate so much to a great cause.

The theme of this year’s CANstruction is “Zoo Can Do It,” and the students’ 10′ x 10′ x 8′ structure, shaped and patterned like a peacock, will be on display along with other entries on the fourth floor of the New York State Museum through April 26.

Here’s a picture with the Rensselaer team. Pictured from left to right (each holding a peacock feather) are: Emily Mastropiero, Cady Guyton, Rachel Medina, Katie Brust, Hyatt Tortorella, Tyler Hopf, Sarah Goldfarb, Julia Grabazs, Alex Dorn, Cat Callaghan, and School of Architecture Associate Dean and Associate Professor Mark Mistur.