Pitch Your Design that Transforms Public Spaces at SXSW 2020

Creek Show - SXSW 2019 Place by Design Finalist - Photo by Roger Ho

Place by Design, SXSW's pitch competition aimed at showcasing urbanists, artists, architects, and designer's scalable solutions for improving public spaces and shared landscapes, is now accepting applications through November 22, 2019.

Place by Design is open to any kind of design work that rethinks or transforms public spaces. Finalists will be selected by the degree of impact their work has on the community. Designers or teams will pitch their work in a fast-paced competition followed by a Q&A session with the judges at SXSW 2020.

Thinking about applying? View the eligibility requirements and browse last year's winner and finalists for inspiration!


In order to qualify for Place by Design, works need to:

  • Be actualized. Work will be judged in part by its impact on the design problem it set out to solve, therefore conceptual submissions are not eligible.
  • Be designed in the last five years. Submissions need to have an impact on the community, but still need to be current.
  • Be creative. We are seeking original ideas that are site-specific yet can scale, and will inspire other designers to improve their own surroundings.

Please email any questions about Place By Design to pxd@sxsw.com.

Apply Now

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Creek Show, 2019 SXSW Place by Design Finalist - Photo by Roger Ho

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