SXSW Eco is thrilled to announce a new component of SXSW Eco 2013: Place by Design, a public space design competition. Underutilized public space exists in nearly every town and city and can take the form of a street without pedestrian or bike access, an old phone booth, an alley, a median, vacant lots or even the building facades lining the street. For years, resourceful citizens have undertaken projects to reinvent these spaces for the better. These projects, which often fall under the terms "tactical urbanism" or “placemaking,” are conducted with or without municipal permission and can have many goals, from improving transportation and conserving resources to encouraging fun and engaging activities within the space.
Designing better places is a crucial component of cultivating sustainable development and lifestyles. Vibrant and active cities and towns are places that people will care for and maintain–for years to come. We’re excited to showcase ideas in this competition that will inspire our attendees to re-invent their own spaces for community benefit. Place by Design is open to professional and student submissions; projects can take any form as long as they have a positive social and environmental impact and involve public space. For more information and to meet our jury members visit Place by Design, or apply now!