SXSW 2014 Eco Light Garden - Photo by Aaron Rogosin Place by Design honors visionary works that achieve a positive social or environmental impact through the creation or re-imagining of everyday places.

Design profoundly shapes how we interact with and care for the places we inhabit. Good design fosters vibrant, well-maintained communities, while poor design can lead to fractured urban landscapes that lack a sense of place. Impactful design doesn't need to be a huge undertaking, it can be a simple as a crosswalk or sign that improves the urban experience. It can come from anyone, and in projects that improve places, it often comes from the community, rather than a top-down approach. Place by Design highlights all types of projects that impact the built environment including public art, urban interventions, urban design and architecture. We’re excited to showcase ideas in this competition that will inspire our attendees to re-imagine their own everyday surroundings. Place by Design is open to artists and designers at all levels of experience.

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.

2015 Categories

Disaster Response
From pop up hospitals to rapid deployment housing, structures and transformational projects designed to relieve the impact of epidemics, natural disasters and conflict.

Innovative Architecture
New and exciting permanent structures or materials that provide a positive social and/or environmental impact.

Municipal Strategies
Visionary long term plans centered around placemaking, infrastructure and building smarter cities.

Public Art
Creative works in any media that are installed in the public realm.

Apps or emerging technologies that transform the way we interact with our surroundings.

Urban Interventions
Small and medium-sized temporary or semi-permanent projects that transform public space and infrastructure.

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. Stay tuned for the Finalists announcement later in the season.

Contact: Julie Yost |

Place by Design Media Partners

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SXSW 2014 Eco Light Garden - Photo by Aaron Rogosin