The Urbanist’s Guide to SXSW Eco – Next City

The Urbanist’s Guide to SXSW Eco

A man rides a butterfly bike outside of a SXSW Eco event. (Photo credit: Anna Hanks)

Eco-minded social entrepreneurs of the world have descended on Austin this week for South by Southwest Eco — and Next City is there too.

For all of you urbanists already in Texas’s favorite capital of the weird, here are the four city-focused events you shouldn’t miss:

Place by Design: Urban Strategy

Place by Design is SXSW Eco’s public space design competition. The Urban Strategy competition will highlight five finalist projects whose work encompasses more than a single space and includes an ongoing, long-term vision for better blocks, neighborhoods and cities. These projects demonstrate the link between place-based design and civic engagement, and highlight how creative public/private partnerships can be a force for social, economic and environmental change. Next City’s own Tom Dallessio will be a judge in the competition.

Medellínnovation District: Transforming Technologies, Markets and the City

In this session, innovator Juliana Escobar will share how Medellín is remaking itself as a capital for entrepreneurship and social innovation. To learn more about Medellín, read Latin America’s New Superstar.

Regenerative Public Art for Living Cities

Public art is essential to creating cities people want to live in. Learn how art can also be a tool for urban sustainability.

International Urbanization for Culture and Climate

Next City’s Tom Dallessio will moderate a conversation about how to build resilient cities in our rapidly urbanizing world.