Transform Public Space through Place by Design

Written by Julie Yost | February 17, 2014

The Looper | 2013 Global Potential Winner

Applications are now open for Place by Design, the SXSW Eco public space design competition. Place by Design celebrates the emerging global trend of placemaking, or the act of community-based design, and showcases the work of designers, artists, architects and citizen activists that envision how their everyday places can become extraordinary. Last year's Place by Design saw an overwhelming number of submissions from a wide variety of professional and novice designers. One of the most exciting things we learned through reviewing last year's 70+ entries was that it's apparent that placemaking is a multi-cultural, multi-sector, and multimedia phenomenon. Once reserved as the realm of professional designers and architects, more and more individuals are taking to the streets to create better, more functional community spaces through art, design, technology and events. We received a great number of submissions that ranged from permanent architecture to temporary, tactical urbanism projects to mobile apps and digital initiatives. We also opened the competition to conceptual projects, which brought in some amazing entries that demonstrated the creative potential of design (such as last year's Global Potential winner The Looper, pictured above). Review the fifteen finalists from 2013 here, and submit your idea now to be part of Place by Design 2014.

The Looper | 2013 Global Potential Winner