SXSW Eco Place by Design Application

October 10-12, 2016
Austin, TX

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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.

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.

Applications Close: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:59pm CST


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

  • Art + Interaction: Creative work that beautifies, raises awareness and transforms the way viewers perceive and interact with public space.
  • Data + Tech: Innovative designs that utilize data and emerging technology to connect people and place and generate impact.
  • Resilience: Ideas, structures and initiatives that surpass sustainability to contribute to a more adaptive, resilient world.
  • Revitalization: Buildings and infrastructure that transform and adapt the existing built environment through inspired planning and design.
  • Social Impact: Creative design projects and processes that serve community and are instrumental in creating a more equitable world.
  • Speculative and Prototyping: Conceptual work envisioned to improve public space and transform the built environment; projects in planning.
  • Urban Strategy: Projects demonstrating impact achieved through unexpected public/private partnerships and creative approaches to planning.

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: Monday, May 30, 2016 at 11:59pm CST