Place by Design

March 11, 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.

2019 Finalists


Photo by Roger Ho

Photo by Roger Ho

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 on March 11 at 3:30-4:30pm in JW Marriott Salon 5.

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2019 Winner

 

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.

SXSW Place by Design Winner MICRO - Photo Courtesy of MICRO
SXSW Place by Design Winner MICRO - Photo Courtesy of MICRO
SXSW Place by Design Winner MICRO - Photo Courtesy of MICRO
SXSW Place by Design Winner MICRO - Photo Courtesy of MICRO
SXSW Place by Design Winner MICRO - Photo Courtesy of MICRO
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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 Jurors

 

2019 Jurors

Rosa Sheng, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Director of Equity Diversity Inclusion at SmithGroup

Bronlynn Thurman, Program Associate, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Jori Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPrize

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Eligibility

 

Applications are closed for SXSW 2019.

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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