What Would You Doooo…To Construct a Klondike Bar?

Temple University's AIAS - Freedom By Design at CANstruction 2013!

Temple University’s AIAS – Freedom By Design at CANstruction 2013!

I can’t do math. I can’t draw a straight line. And I’m pretty sure I couldn’t stack hundreds of cans in creative designs. And in all seriousness, I probably couldn’t even count all those cans.

But my sister can. And better her than me. Trust me.

My sister, Meghan, is a sophomore at Temple, double majoring with two ridiculously prestigious (and over my head) degrees: Architecture and Architectural Preservation. One of the organizations she joined in her free time (while not playing club soccer, of course) was Temple’s chapter of AIAS Freedom By Design, the community service arm of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Temple’s AIAS chapter was one of two local colleges that participated in CANstuction 2013, the annual competition tasked with raising as many cans as possible for Philabundance, Philadelphia’s largest food bank, and then constructing a lifelike design from the cans.

The fifteen students in the group proposed a bunch of designs, the most popular of which was a Klondike bar. It took Meghan and her team about four hours to complete the design, probably with the jingle stuck in their heads the whole time! I know it hasn’t gotten out of my head in days! With donations from Giant, Costco, Weis, and other local businesses, Temple raised 600 cans for charity, and all the teams combined raised around 10,000 cans.

Meghan and her classmates took their 600 cans to the Shops at Liberty Place in Center City, Philadelphia, where they met up with the other groups to construct their designs to be judged by the public. The event was billed as “The most unique design & build competition to help end hunger,” and it certainly lived up to that description…just look at these builds! During the 10hrs of building, the architecture firms made Hungry Hungry Hippos, gardens, bowling pins, Batman logos, Rocky Balboa, and even the Liberty Bell! Total can-demonium!

Meghan’s route to becoming Temple Made was far different than mine. While she didn’t even want to look at Temple because I was already a student there, but she couldn’t deny the opportunity to join the incredible architecture program at her disposal, and she’s definitely making the most of that opportunity.

Even though she didn’t win any awards this year, me and my sweet tooth would devour that Klondike bar! Congrats, Sissykins! #CANstructionPHL2013 was quite a success!


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