Sunday Conversation with Chris Yueh

Local architects, engineers, design firms and construction companies raise awareness of hunger

Where you look at a can of tuna or chicken soup and see lunch, others see Baby Groot or “Game of Thrones.” On Nov. 4, teams of architects, engineers and builders from across metro Atlanta had 10 hours to construct huge art displays — out of cans of food. The daylong build was the 19th public art competition put on by Canstruction Atlanta, a nonprofit benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. The design/art competition has grown dramatically to 16 teams vying for bragging rights. The exhibition, constructed in the lobbies of Atlantic Station office buildings, is open to the public through Friday, Nov. 17. After that, all of those cans will be donated to the food bank. “People really need to see in person the level of creativity on display, all of it putting a spotlight on hunger in our community,” says Chris Yueh, director of programs of the American Institute of Architects’ Atlanta chapter and Canstruction Atlanta 2017 committee chair.

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