Place by Design, SXSW’s pitch competition aimed at showcasing urbanists, artists, architects, and designers' scalable solutions for improving public spaces and shared landscapes, is now accepting applications through November 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

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. 

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.