Place by Design

March 11, 2019

Place by Design aims to showcase innovative and invigorating design in the public sphere where urbanists, artists, architects, and designers have the opportunity to present their scalable solutions for improving our shared landscape.

Deadline: November 22, 2019

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

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

About Place by Design

 

Place by Design is open to all types of design work that rethinks, enhances or transforms public space. This includes but is not limited to emerging technologies, urban interventions, public art and architecture.

Finalists are determined by the degree of the social impact their work has on the community. Each designer or team will pitch their work in a fast-paced competition followed by a Q&A session with the judges.

Apply now to be a part of SXSW 2020.

Be a part of the competition for the chance to get your work in front of the diverse SXSW audience and win the 2020 Place by Design Award.

Deadline: November 22, 2019 at 11:59pm PT

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Eligibility

 

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.

Deadline: November 22, 2019 at 11:59pm PT

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2019 Winner – MICRO

MICRO is building a new museum model that everyone can access. MICRO’s fleet of six-foot-tall science museums meet visitors in their daily lives, transforming unexpected public spaces from transit hubs to hospital waiting rooms into places of interaction, insight, and play.

MICRO - 2019 Place by Design Winner - Photo Courtesy of MICRO

MICRO - 2019 Place by Design Winner - Photo Courtesy of MICRO

2019 Finalists

 

HARM TO TABLE

United States

Designed by: Matthew Mazzotta

HARM TO TABLE is a table that travels the country to serve food made of plants and natural resources of that local area that will be in major decline or extinct over the next 20-40 years due to the changing climate. The projects focus is to directly translate the research of the world’s top climate scientists into an experience where you can actually eat the results of their work. Now is the perfect time to experience a unique phenomenon of our times by sitting down to a meal in the natural settings from where these ingredients will soon be no more.

Creek Show

Austin, TX

Designed by: Waller Creek Conservancy with local artwork commissioned

Produced by the Waller Creek Conservancy, Creek Show is an annual event featuring nine nights of light-based art installations designed to combine the artistic with the natural. Now entering its sixth year, the event provides an immersive cultural and community experience for Austin families and visitors. By commissioning local artists and architects to occupy and re-interpret these forgotten spaces, Waller Creek has once again become alive with activity.

Play Pod™

Various

Designed by Hoyne in Collaboration with Scott Carver

The Play Pod™ is a pilot initiative for turning dark, urban spaces into places that are safe and vibrant; that welcome and encourage community participation – something all cities strive for. With a simple, portable cube structure, the Play Pod™ is an attractor that opens up to welcome people of all ages. Its flexible, modular design provides a vehicle through which developers, councils, and communities can activate a multitude of spaces for a variety of uses, creating entirely new destinations and opportunities for experiences to unfold.

Pocket Patios

Austin, TX

Designed by dwg.

Pocket Patios challenge the dehumanization of today’s car-dominant environment with people-centric urban streetscapes. This brand of tactical urbanism replaces cookie-cutter uniformity with dynamic green infrastructure, resulting in measurable social, economic and environmental change. This successful people-first take back of Austin’s public right of ways is how pocket patios change the streets, the cities, and thus, the world.

MICRO

Various

Designed by MICRO

MICRO is building a new museum model that everyone can access. MICRO’s fleet of six-foot-tall science museums meet visitors in their daily lives, transforming unexpected public spaces from transit hubs to hospital waiting rooms into places of interaction, insight, and play.

2019 Project Finalists

Harm to Table - Photo Courtesy of Matthew Mazzotta

HARM TO TABLE

Matthew Mazzotta

Creek Show - Photo Courtesy of Waller Creek Conservancy

Creek Show

Waller Creek Conservancy

Pocket Patios - Photo Courtesy of Daniel Woodroffe

Pocket Patios

dwg.

Play Pod - Photo Courtesy of Hoyne

Play Pod

Hoyne in Collaboration with Scott Carver

MICRO - Photo Courtesy of Charles Philipp and Amanda Schochet

MICRO

Charles Philipp and Amanda Schochet

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