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42 Hours of Re_Creativity

  • December 5, 2013
  • By Mark Jones     
42 Hours of Re_Creativity a is an annual 42-hour interdisciplinary design competition hosted by ArtsEngine and Living Arts.


42 Hours of Re_Creativity is a competition of creative reuse. Interdisciplinary student teams bring together skills from their respective disciplines to design, plan, and execute a product that reuses commonly discarded materials in innovative ways.

Teams use the period before the competition to plan their project, gather materials, and consult with a faculty adviser.  No building happens during this time. Teams meet for an All-Team Meeting, which explains the rules, logistics, and judging criteria of the competition, and the Mid-Point Review, where they receive feedback from faculty consultants.

The build phase of the competition takes place over 42 hours. Teams that are able to must build their project in the Duderstadt Center. Projects are judged by a special panel of professionals and a public reception is held to celebrate each team’s accomplishment.

A team consists of currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students from at least three different schools/colleges (two of which are on North Campus) and a faculty advisor. Entries are judged based on: creativity, unconventionality, innovation, conceptual depth, level of aesthetics/craft applied, and successful completion.

To reuse is to use an item more than once. This includes conventional reuse, where the item is used again for the same function (wash and re-use a paper cup), and “new life” reuse, where an item is used for a new function (use a paper cup to make a telephone). By taking useful products and re-imagining them, reuse saves time, money, energy, and other resources. In broader economic terms, reuse offers affordable, high-quality products to people and organizations, and generates long-term, viable business activity and jobs.

The current environmental crisis forces us to re-examine our current rates of consumption and waste production. It challenges us to rethink our definition of waste. “Wasted” resources can be imbued with new life when creative minds discover new uses for them. 42 Hours of Re_Creativity challenges student teams to put on their thinking caps and come up with innovative solutions for repurposing and reusing formerly wasted resources into creative and socially poignant projects.

42 Hours of Re_Creativity takes place annually. This year’s competition took place on November 3, 2013.

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