Announcing The Deconstruction 2014

The Deconstruction is a live-streamed global event and game about re-thinking objects and ideas. The goal is to make the world a slightly better (or, at least, slightly more interesting) place over the course of 48 hours.  Participants are challenged to use the resources they have readily available and as little money possible. This un-competition is open to anyone, anywhere, of any age and skill level.


WHEN: November 14-16, 2014

WHERE: Everywhere 

HOW: Participants can register beginning October 16th at 9AM pst. Those interested in watching the live feed and collaborating with participants can watch the broadcast starting at 6PM PST on November 14 by visiting

COST: Free.

WHY:  To make the world awesomer-er


Teams participating in the Deconstruction decide on an issue or concept in their lives or the world they want to rethink, either alone or in teams. Concepts can be personal or global, physical or conceptual, serious or hilarious.

Then, starting at 6 p.m. PST on Friday, November 14, the teams begin to look at, take apart, get underneath, remix, and otherwise re-imagine their chosen concept in the method they choose – whether it’s by building something, taking something apart, creating a piece of art, inventing a program or policy, staging a guerrilla public performance, making a video… but when the clock strikes 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, November 16, it’s pencils down for all teams – and the un-award ceremony begins.

Also during the event, participants from around the world live-stream their process and collaborate with each other through the Deconstruction website. Meanwhile, the host team, based out of the Omni Commons in Oakland, CA curates a news-style broadcast that includes interviews with participating teams and presentations/performances by interesting folks who embody The Deconstruction spirit.


The 2013 Deconstruction was a massive global success, with more than 50 teams participating in 6 continents and more than 10 countries with an array of highly celebrated projects, including:


Deconstruct: Digital Rights-  Rethinking the concept of digital rights management with ”The DRM Chair”.


Deconstruct: Photosynthesis- A Rube Goldberg created by students re-imagining the life of plants.


Deconstruct: Music- An experimental full album created using remixed musical genres with band members playing, participating, and contributing around the world.


Deconstruct: Transportation- An ultra efficient propeller powered vehicle so awesome that even the police will want to hang out with you :)


A participatory public art project created by thousands of students deconstructing and repurposing antiquated technology.


The Deconstruction is not-for-profit initiative for global good and awesomenesss. It is a non-branded event with the sole purpose of empowering people around the world to think, rethink, collaborate, and have fun.


The Omni Oakland Commons is a collective space to share and create. It is a diverse collective of collectives that came together to steward a beautiful community center for all of Oakland and the East Bay. Several of the founding member groups include Food Not Bombs, OMNIdance, Sudo Room, Counter Culture Labs, The Bay Area Public School, Backspace Wellness, and Timeless, Infinite Light. Omni and its groups value radical commoning of space and resources, liberation of knowledge, and transformative justice. Their collective vision is equitable meeting of human needs over private interests or corporate profit.


The 2013 Deconstruction Awards


After a round of voting by participating teams, a diverse panel of over 30 judges, and a 19 hour consultation with a world-renowned psychic’s one-eyed cat…we are now ready to announce the 2013 Deconstruction Awards.    Drum roll please.

-The Deconstruction Award:  Judging for this award is based on a combination of overall concept and creative repurposing of objects and ideas. (This is the award for the Full Spectrum 40W Hobby Laser)

LI4E And Urban Conga



-The Deconstruction “Awesomeness” Award:  This award is given to the most fun, amazing, inspiring, and just makes you happy entry. “Awesomeness” cannot be defined, but you always know it when you see it.  This is the “make the world a more fun place award”. (This is also the award for the world famous Deconstruction trophy, which recently recently caught fire, but is doing much better now)

North Street Labs 



-The Deconstruction “Student Award”: Given to a team of students who best use teamwork, and collaborative problem solving skills during the 48 hours. This is the “you give us all a lot of hope for the future award”

The Carrots of Patagonia  



-The Deconstruction “ Problem Solving” Award: This award is given to the team who best isolates a real problem and deconstructs a real solution to that problem.   This is the “make the world a better place award”.

The Experimentalists  



-The Deconstruction “Best in Internets” Award:  This award is given  to the team who produces the most fun and entertaining 48-hour live stream during their build.   Costumes, karaoke, jousting, streaming kitten cam. This is the “make the internet a better place award”.

The Bedroom Laboratory



 -“The Deconstruction on Instructables Award”:  This award is given to the team who participated in the Deconstruction and created an Instructable, demonstrating what they made step-by-step, and how others can make one too.

 The Carrots Of Patagonia  –  Read their really great Instructable here 



-“Best Marriage Proposal”:  This is a new category we created to celebrate one of the more romantic moments in maker history. Congratulations you two!

Team Midnight Invention 



We will be announcing a second round of (really fun) awards soon.  Again many thanks to everyone who participated in the event.  You’re all winners in the game of making the world a little awesomer-er .




Rabbit Hole – Post Script

We’re still cleaning up the Rabbit Hole from all of the excitement – and thanks to inspiration from The Deconstruction, we’re actually reverse engineering the circuit of one of the projects (Solar Lantern) for a Learning-to-Solder class we’re hoping to host in the upcoming future:

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The fun never stops!!

The group also agrees that the Recyclotron would be much improved with a laser….in whatever form it comes ;)

DRAFT Vagines Sans Frontier – CLAM JAM '99: a Deconstruction of Hopper's 'Nighthawks'

This is our first draft of “Clam Jam ’99: a deconstruction of Hopper’s ‘Nighthawks.'” It’s only about half of the full length and still needs tweaking…but we wanted to give our fellow Deconstruction teams an idea of our work and participate in the sharing aspect of this event. We hope to be completely edited in the next few days and will post on Vimeo.
Thanks for watching.

Here is the link:

Finally Video and Instructable !

Yeah !

We edited our video and it’s now available on YouTube (did I mention we won the “Best use of the Kinks award” and “Best use of sugar cube award” ?)

We also wrote an instructable to let you know some tips & tricks about making Rube Goldberg Machines :

We had a lot of fun participating The Deconstruction and we wanted to thank all the organizers. Thank you for this awesome atmosphere that made anything possible !

The Deconstruction 2013 Submission

North Street Labs has done it again! We took old and broken equipment that was passed along as trash and transformed it into something loud, ridiculous, and fun.  In the very first worldwide Deconstruction event, the mad scientists at North Street Labs have created the TriFly; a propeller driven, reverse trike in only 48 hours.  Check out the link below to see it in action

We had 48 hours to make something for “The Deconstruction 2013.”  For our build, we took junked items apart and transformed them into something fun and awe inspiring!  The end result is The TriFly, a 3 wheel electric propeller driven land vehicle!

Basic build details:

  1. 20 HP (continuous) 72v neodymium motor
  2. 36×12 cheapo mass produced beechwood hobby propeller.  Wish we could have got larger!
  3. 2 junked golf carts kindly donated from ODU.
  4. Ultra powerful demonic red projector LED’s from a scrapped theater projectors
  5. speaker housing for mounting lights
  6. Glass shower knob adapted to throttle
  7. “Racing” Ford Bronco bench seat practically given away on Craigslist
  8. We custom machined adapters with our metal lathe to mount the atypical motor to the propeller
  9. 2.22 kWh 74v nominal LIPO battery pack, 400A controller
  10. Old 4 AWG car stereo wiring and distribution blocks from highschool a decade ago
  11. Probably a lot more we are forgetting, we are still recovering!








These parts were aligned by custom machining an adapter of varying diameter down the shaft to perfectly center the pieces so it could be drilled out perfectly.




Loading it on the truck after the build!


Battery Chaos.  30 5AH 14.8v nominal packs in combination series & parallel.  2.2kWh of fury.


Demonic front end.

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CNC machined an aluminum disk for the prop.


Grunt work from random helpers!


Cheap prop balancing tool.


Fabricating things up.  These seats caught fire about 9 times during the process of welding around it.



George Norris adding some character


Welded together our own hardware for prop mounting because nothing was available to fit our needs locally within our time constraints!


Thanks for reading!

Be Careful!