Past Challenges


2015 – Creative Redevelopment in Detroit

The 2015 Challenge focused on creative redevelopment of industrial buildings with a team of partners including the City of Detroit, Detroit Future City, Vanguard CDC, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Teams designed proposals for the redevelopment of Fisher Body Plant 21 in Detroit’s North End, infusing arts and culture, sustainability, community, and economic development.

Teams were judged by a panel of Detroit leaders and content experts, including:

  • David Williams – Senior Advisor for Jobs & Economy Team, City of Detroit Mayor’s Office 
  • Eleanore Eveleth – Interim Executive Director, Vanguard Community Development Corporation 
  • Geraldine Gardner – Director of Urban & Regional Policy, German Marshall Fund of the U.S.
  • Dr. Harley Etienne – Professor, U-M Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning 

Team Impact, comprised of Dannan Hodge (SNRE ’16), Fulton Breen (MBA/MA Education ’17), Arthur Endsley (SNRE ’19), and Drew Phillips (MUP ’16) won the 2015 Challenge. Their proposal, “FBP21: A Place for Makers”, aims to transform the Fisher Body Plant 21 into a live-make community in which skilled tradespeople would rehabilitate the building where they would ultimately reside.

Onsite workshops and an apprenticeship program would provide workforce training for North End residents and Detroit community members. The proposal would create green jobs while fostering the arts and culture community in Detroit’s North End. Other features include an after-school art program, 3D printing lab, event space, and artist studios.

Cosponsoring U-M schools and colleges included the Ross School of Business, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, School of Natural Resources & Environment, School of Social Work, Stamps School of Art & Design, and Ford School of Public Policy.