Current Competitions

Better Philadelphia Challenge: The Ed Bacon Student Design Competition
The Ed Bacon Committee coordinates an annual international student design competition focusing on an urban design challenge in Philadelphia that has broad implications for cities around the globe. This competition, conducted in the Fall, is open to university-level students in any field of study; the most successful entries tend to come from teams which include students from a range of majors, including architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, business, public policy, and others.

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This competition coincides with the annual Edmund N. Bacon Prize & Lecture, which honors one outstanding national figure who has advocated for excellence in urban development, planning, thought, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and a commitment to improving their community.

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