"As designers, developers and artists sometimes we spend too much time in production mode. Place by Design was a great opportunity to take a break and learn from what others are doing internationally and nationwide and to share our own experiences and learnings."
– Place by Design 2015 Finalist


2015 SXSW Eco Place by Design Winner, Bryce Detroit at Mothership Launch - Photo by Kirk Donaldson

SXSW Eco’s Place by Design (PXD) competition celebrates innovative design work that transforms our everyday surroundings and creates positive social and environmental impact.

Place by Design highlights all types of projects that rethink how we use and interact with place, including public art, urban interventions, digital technologies and architecture. The competition is open annually to artists, architects, designers and urbanists at all levels of experience. The Finalists are selected by the PXD Application Review Board, and will pitch their projects to the PXD Jury at SXSW Eco, October 10-12, 2016. Watch last year's compelling pitches and jury discussions here.

In addition to Place by Design's fast-paced pitch competition, the accompanying program features collaborative workshops, coaching sessions and a variety of opportunities designed to further the impact of place-based design and foster connections between attendees. For more information and to get involved contact Julie Yost.

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2016 Categories

Art + Interaction

Creative work that beautifies, raises awareness and transforms the way viewers perceive and interact with public space.

Equity + Inclusion

Place-based designs, processes and platforms that include traditionally underrepresented communities and serve to increase access to social, environmental and economic opportunity.

Resilience + Health

Ideas and initiatives that improve public health through design, and contribute to a more adaptive, resilient world.

Revitalization

Design processes, sites and infrastructure that transform and adapt the existing built environment through inspired planning and execution.

Speculative and Prototyping

Conceptual work envisioned to improve public space and transform the built environment; projects in planning.

Urban Strategy + Civic Engagement

Showcases strategies to create more vibrant, innovative cities and engage the public in the design, planning and civic realm of cities.



Place by Design 2015 Winners

ART + INTERACTION


SXSW Eco 2015 Place by Design Finalist, The Mothership

The Mothership



Bryce Detroit (DAMI), Anya Sirota (AKOAKI)

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DATA + TECH


SXSW Eco 2015 Place by Design Finalist, CyArk 500

CyArk 500



Elizabeth Lee (CyArk)

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DATA + TECH


SXSW Eco 2015 Place by Design Finalist, Pure Tension Pavilion

Pure Tension Pavilion



Alvin Huang (Synthesis DNA)

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RESILIENCE


SXSW Eco 2015 Place by Design Finalist, The Redd on Salmon Street

The Redd on Salmon



Nathan Kadish (Ecotrust)


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SOCIAL IMPACT


SXSW Eco 2015 Place by Design Finalist, Rapido

RAPIDO



Elaine Morales (bcWORKSHOP)


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URBAN STRATEGY


SXSW Eco 2015 Place by Design Finalist, Homegr/own

HOMEGR/OWN



Carolyn Esswein (UWM), Tim McCollow (City of Milwaukee)

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Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines is the premier sponsor of Place by Design. The Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community program was developed in partnership with Project for Public Spaces to support and activate public spaces in the heart of cities they serve; since 2013, they have given thirteen placemaking grants to regenerate urban spaces across North America.

At SXSW Eco, Southwest Airlines will be installing a Heart of the Community outdoor placemaking lounge for attendees to enjoy. They will also be providing Place by Design winners with special awards and leading a bootcamp to teach SXSW Eco attendees what they look for in grantees and how to apply to Heart of the Community.


Photo: 2015 SXSW Eco Place by Design Winner, Bryce Detroit at Mothership Launch in One Mile district of Detroit, MI - by Kirk Donaldson