SXSW 2014 Eco Light Garden - Photo by Aaron Rogosin Place by Design celebrates projects that achieve a positive social and environmental impact through the creation or re-imagining of the built environment. Each category of the Place by Design Competition will feature fast-paced Finalist presentations to Jurors and attendees. In addition to the competition, the Place by Design program features bootcamps, conversations and networking events designed to build collaborations and further the discussion of place-based design at SXSW Eco.

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2015 Categories

Art + Interaction
Creative work that beautifies, raises awareness and transforms the way passers-by or users interact with public space.

Data + Tech
Innovative work that utilizes emerging technology to connect people and place, or uses data to generate impact.

Beyond sustainable, this work contributes to a more adaptive, resilient world.

Social Impact
Through process and/or final result, this work serves its community and provides incalculable social value.

Urban Strategy
Be it a block, village or city, this work encompasses more than a single space and includes an ongoing, long term vision.

Who Can Apply

Place by Design is open to all designers, organizations and levels of experience. No professional qualifications are required for entry.

Project Levels
Place by Design is open to multiple stages of projects, including Conceptual, In Planning, Undergoing Implementation and Completed within the past two years.

Applications are now closed.

Over the past two years, SXSW Eco has featured close to 30 Winner and Finalist projects as part of the Place by Design Competition. 2014 Winners include Pavegen, which has gone on to form partnerships with Adidas and Shell, and secure half a million pounds in funding. +Pool is closer to becoming a reality for New Yorkers, with construction set to begin on August 1, 2015. Following SXSW Eco, bcWorkshop has received a grant to continue the Libros Libres project in 2015, supporting literacy and community design projects in Dallas. Click here to view more projects.

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Place by Design Media Partners

GOODcorps and Architectural Digest are the official media partners for Place by Design
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SXSW 2014 Eco Light Garden - Photo by Aaron Rogosin