Today, SXSW Eco’s first ever Place by Design Competition will be live and open to public vote. The competition, launched last month, honors visionary design work that produces positive community impact through the re-imaging of public spaces. Submissions came from six different continents and include everything from community-centered urban design initiatives, to permanent architecture, to small-scale projects that transform existing components of the built environment. Winners of the competition will be awarded at the upcoming fall conference held in Austin, Texas during October 7-9. Don’t wait until it’s over. Read on to find out how you can cast your vote for your favorite designs!

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“We are thrilled to have received submissions from all over the world for our first Place by Design competition,” said Julie Yost, Place by Design Coordinator for SXSW Eco. “Each entry takes a unique approach to re-imagining public space and creating a positive community impact. From mobile apps that help users design cities with more walkable streets in Austin to urban interventions in Israel, the innovation in these entries is reflective of our event as a whole in that these are individuals and communities coming together to offer creative solutions to the world’s challenges.”

Design submissions were assessed by a team of notable jurors including: Ashara Ekundayo of BluBlak Media Consulting; Barbara Brown Wilson of the Center for Sustainable Development; Kathy Zarsky of HOLOS; Lance Hosey of RTKL architecture firm; Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative; Otis Kriegel of Illegal Art; and Victoria Meyers of hanrahan Meyers architects.

The design competition supplements the focus of the SXSW Eco conference by drawing attention to progressive innovation around sustainability initiatives by reflecting on good design through the lens of community culture and urbanism. Projects are judged on creativity, originality, interactivity, scalability, spread-ability, sustainability, accessibility and community impact. Finalists will be announced in early September and invited to showcase their designs at the October SXSW Eco conference.

To vote for your favorite entry click here.

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