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Building materials reached a whole new level Thursday night at the Merchandise Mart, where architects and contractors built 15 different structures out of 65k cans of food, which will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
OKW Architects' Megen Briars, JLL's Mark Collins and Greater Chicago Food Depository's Andy Christensen
Event organizers OKW Architects' Megen Briars, JLL's Mark Collins, and Greater Chicago Food Depository's Andy Christensen. Megen (in year two as co-chair) moved the event from the Apparel Center to the Mart, and found food and liquor sponsors (a handy skill indeed). She even helped supervise the four-hour construction process Wednesday night. The presumably nutritious buildings were judged by a panel of experts, including Simeone Deary Design Group's Gianna Tetrick and Top Chef 5's  Radhika Desai. The winner will move on to a national competition.
Gensler's Laurel McNaughton Smith, Bryan Roe, Shannon Riddle and Linda Mysliwiec
Winners of "Best Name" were Gensler's  Laurel McNaughton Smith,Bryan RoeShannon Riddle, and Linda Mysliwiec  for their “Bust Your 'Burro' to End Hunger” giant food piñata. In non-condensed life, they're designing a new education center for Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, not to mention the world's second-tallest building, the Shanghai Tower in, well, Shanghai.
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
The Juror's Choice Award went to Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates' â€œThe Changing Face of Hunger”, which used 7,134 cans, the most out of all 15. It resembles a certain Millenium Park fountain, minus the screaming children.
BSA Lifestructures/ Maregatti Interiors
BSA Lifestructures/ Maregatti Interiors' â€œLittle Engine That Can”
“CAN You See The Light?” by KJWW Engineering, Valerio Dewalt Train and Executive Construction.
“CAN You See The Light?” by KJWW EngineeringValerio Dewalt Train, and  Executive Construction.