42 Hours of Re_Creativity

Our annual interdisciplinary design/build competition is held annually in March and challenges student teams against the problems inherent in waste, reuse, recycling, and reinvention – with projects that range from the practical to the fanciful to the abstract. Prizes from $500-$1,500 are awarded by a team of invited judges from the ranks of University faculty and staff and industry professionals.

2018 42 Hours of Re_Creativity
Transportation Solutions: Getting Here, Going There
March 9-11, 2018

For Competition Information and Rules, click HERE.

To Register as an Individual or Team for the 2018 Competition, click HERE.

(Team registration deadline: March 5, 2018 – late registration may be available based on capacity)

Information and advising sessions will be held Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6, 6-8pm
ArtsEngine Office (third floor of the Duderstadt Center next to Center for Entrepreneurship)
Dinner will be provided!



2017 42 Hours of Re_Creativity
UpstART 200: A U-M Bicentennial Project of Student and Alumni Reflection and Making
Student teams were challenged to create a work that was inspired by and connected to the art, design and architecture of the University of Michigan.  Projects could also then be submitted to the UpstART 200 online project showcase.

2017 Winners

  • First Place: animated short film, Re_discover, by Team Hermit Squad (Edith Jiang and Jo Deng)
  • Second Place: Reflection Fountain installation by Team RecycleMe (Eric Harding, Marianna Coulen, Melissa Greene, and Scott Deisher)
  • Third Place: dance performance choreographed and composed by Team We-Cycle (Amy Wensley, Benjamin Marshall, Chelsea Hamm, Ellen Wallace, and Rachel Fernandes)
  • Honorable Mentions: Team MCCK (Chelsea Heath, Cindy Xuan, Kexu Chen, and Moona Lee) for their wearable bus stop weather protection, Team Rube (Boyang Zhang, Linda Sun, and Skanda Palani) for their U-M public art inspired Rube Goldberg creation, and Team JAZY (Yin Yin Lau, Yangtian Yan, Xuning Wang, and Jiahui Zhu) for their “empathy bed” and reflections on nutrition in Africa.

2017 Judging Team
Thanks to our 2017 team of judges, for offering their time and expertise to make the 2017 competition a success!

  • Jeremy Bond, Professor in Engineering/Game Design at U-M/MSU
  • Tony Cathcot, Principal Landscape Architect, Smith GroupJJR
  • Charlie Michaels, Assistant Director, U-M Center for Socially Engaged Design (C-SED)
  • Ken Panko, Director, Duderstadt Center

To view past event winners, themes, and projects, click HERE:

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