SXSW Eco Place by Design Application

October 5-7, 2015 in Austin, TX


2014 Place by Design Winners

Place by Design honors visionary works that achieve a positive social or environmental impact through the creation or re-imagining of everyday places.

Apply now for the chance to get your work in front of the diverse SXSW Eco audience and win one of the Place by Design Awards.

Applications are currently open through June 26. The selected companies will be invited to compete at the conference. Each company will present their project and participate in a Q&A session with the judges, who ultimately determine the winner.


The SXSW Eco Place by Design Competition is open to projects that achieve a positive social and/or environmental impact in the below categories.

  • Public Space: Projects meant for community use, from temporary transportation and wayfinding initiatives to parks and urban design.
  • Innovative Architecture: Buildings and permanent structures that fit the criteria for a positive social and environmental impact.
  • Public Art: Creative works in any media that are accessible to all.
  • Digital Space: Apps or other projects located at the intersection of tech and place design.
  • Disaster Response: From pop up hospitals to rapid deployment housing, structures designed to relieve the impact of epidemics, natural disasters and conflict.

Application Process

The Q&A style application addresses the design itself as well as the project's social and environmental impact. To view the application, click the "Buy Now" button. Please note that there is an application fee assessed at the end of this process, but you can view the application without committing to purchasing.

The Finalists will be selected with the help of the Place by Design Application Review Board, a distinguished group of designers, architects, city planners and experts based around the world. Finalists will be announced in early August.

For more information on Place by Design, including eligibility requirements, timeline and event format, please visit our FAQ page.

Applications Close: Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:59pmCST