Place by Design

March 8-12, 2019

Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with our shared spaces.

Entry Deadline: November 8

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2018 SXSW Place by Design Finalist – The Hangout

2018 SXSW Place by Design Finalist – The Hangout

About Place by Design

 

Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with the places around us.

The built environment and design of our shared spaces have a profound influence on our daily lives. In the public realm, design-based solutions can produce a wide range of outcomes impacting areas as diverse as health, behavior, social interaction, creativity, and civic engagement.

Place by Design provides a platform for artists, architects, designers and urbanists at all levels to present their scalable solutions for improving our shared landscape.

Selected Finalists will present their work in a fast-paced showcase during the Design track at SXSW 2019. Each designer or team will present their work in a fast-paced pitch competition and participate in a Q&A session with the judges, who ultimately determine the winner.

Applications are currently open through November 8, 2018 at 11:59pm PT.

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Eligibility

 

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

Work will be judged in part by its impact on the design problem it set out to solve, therefore conceptual submissions and projects in planning are not eligible for inclusion at this time.

Creative collaborations and work using data, media, emerging technologies, and the arts are encouraged to apply. No intervention is too small, but ultimately we are seeking original, ingenious ideas that are site-specific yet can scale, and will inspire other creatives, designers and urbanists to improve their own surroundings.

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2018 Place By Design Winner

 

Adressaparken

Trondheim, Norway

Designed by: Wendy Ann Mansilla and Andrew Perkis

Adressaparken is an open place to play, explore, wonder, experience and relax. All visitors should be surprised and excited, through both experiences and participation with contents and activities based on technology, media and art. Adressaparken invokes the idea of a multiuse playspace.

2018 Finalists

 

Adressaparken

Trondheim, Norway

Designed by: Wendy Ann Mansilla and Andrew Perkis

Adressaparken is an open place to play, explore, wonder, experience and relax. All visitors should be surprised and excited, through both experiences and participation with contents and activities based on technology, media and art. Adressaparken invokes the idea of a multiuse playspace.

DRYVER

Various

Designed by: Philipp Ronnenberg in collaboration with Ulrike Mallien

DRYVER is a mobile drinking fountain that produces water from air. The robot drives through the city and provides fresh water to passers-by. As ultimate-local proposal for free water, it reflects the absurdity of filling water into bottles.

The Hangout

New Orleans, LA

Designed by the Urban Conga

The Hangout is an interactive installation that sparks community activity and social interaction through play. The design focuses on using sight, sound, and touch to stimulate a once underutilized lot in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans.

LuminoCITY

Detroit, MI

Designed by STEREOBOT

LuminoCITY x STEREOBOT is an urban activation network linking together established and emerging districts in the City of Detroit though a series of bold immersive art and architecture installations bringing people together to organically discover the vision of a new city full of possibilities.

Modular Fitness Hub

Various

Designed by Public Recreation

Public Recreation is building fitness into the fabric of cities, starting with a new type of gym. Our “fitness hubs” empower everyone to lead healthier, happier lives.

SPACEBUSTER: We Like America

Mobile, various

Designed by raumlaborberlin

Featuring SPACEBUSTER, a mobile urban activator, We Like America explores facets of The American Dream by instigating nomadic and transitory spaces.

2018 Emcees and Jurors

Emcee: Katherine Darnstadt, Founder, Latent Design

Jurors: Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many
Kim Cook, Director of Art and Civic Engagement, Burning Man
Karen Minkel, Home Region Director, Walton Family Foundation

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