With less than two weeks left to submit to Place by Design we've been really excited to see the range of inspiring project submissions rolling in. One that recently caught my eye was submitted by Nick LaVelle, a recent graduate from the University of Michigan. Submitted as his Master's Thesis to UM's School of Landscape Architecture, Nick's project "It's in the BOX!" converts a used shipping container into a kit of parts for "mobile, adaptable public space as a form of interactive, 'interactivist' architecture." The kit contains a range of multi-use materials that can be utilized in a community design charette to transform space for an endless variety of uses. Some components of the box are common such as pallets, others, like the solar slide (which can be a playground component, water heater or solar cooker), would need to be custom-fabricated. Nick intended the box for Detroit, a city that has seen some amazing urban design initiatives as it's population continues to shrink and vacant lands increase. However, the BOX could be implemented in any city with underutilized space, or in a disaster situation for quick and temporary relief. You can check out Nick's entire thesis detailing the many components and proposed uses for the BOX here. Will it be one of our PXD finalists? Stay tuned to find out! If you have your own idea for a temporary or permanent way to improve public space apply to Place by Design by July 31 for a chance to showcase your work and win!