No, that’s not a typo in the header. I’m taking a slight detour today to post about an international charity organization whose mission is “to engage, amaze and inspire the community to work together raising canned food to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people.”
Canstruction is a series of events where members of the local architecture & engineering community team up with grocery stores to collect canned goods and use them to build some absolutely amazing sculptures, helping to raise awareness of hunger issues.
Here’s a link to their upcoming events, in case there’s one near you. (If there is, you should definitely pay a visit.)
I took a field trip last week to the Washington, DC, event not only to admire the local ingenuity but also to test out the new 123D Catch for iPhone (more on that later).
Perkins + Will, “A Colorful Meal of Golden Proportions”
I loved not only the shape and color of this (it’s the basilica in St. Petersburg!), but also that they brought evidence of their planning:
See? There’s a CAD connection after all.
Perkins + Will weren’t the only ones to pre-model their sculpture. AECOM used Revit for their Liberty torch, but they didn’t display the sheets after the sculpture was done. (Anybody from AECOM want to send me some images? I’ll be happy to post them!)
AECOM, “Give Us Your Hungry”
Let’s see, how about some other favorites…
Local color: Abraham Lincoln (HOK) and the Alexandria Masonic Temple (David M. Schwarz).
Apollo 11 as seen from the moon AND Earth (Wiencek + Associates). These two pictures are the same sculpture from front & back.
An old-school cell phone (Cannon Design) and the Grand Canyon (Barnes Vanze Architects)
For more about these sculptures (and to see the rest I didn’t have room to post about), visit http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/canstruction-2012/.
Last but not least, though, is one of the (many) space shuttle tributes presented this year.
I took this first with the regular camera:
Hartman-Cox Architects, “Monumental Flight: Discovering An End To Hunger”
Then I used 123D Catch to take around 35 pictures from all angles, and ended up with these:
I’m not very good at this yet, though, so I also ended up with this:
I’ll get there. :-)
If you want to see the full 3D model, click here.
If you visit a Canstruction event and make your own models, let me know! I’ll be happy to share them.