Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awards

Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awards

Presented Annually In Late Winter

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Founded in 2006, the annual Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awards honors an accomplished figure who has made significant contributions to the fields of urban planning, development, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and commitment to improving their community

Edmund N. Bacon [1910-2005] is recognized as one of the most significant city planners of the 20th century. As Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission from 1949-1970, his design concepts shaped the physical landscape of the post-World-War-II city. Bacon’s work had such national significance that he was featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1964, and brought Philadelphia into the national spotlight as a city that was ambitiously planning for its future.

This awards ceremony also honors the winners of the annual Better Philadelphia Challenge which asks university-level students from around the world to design innovative solutions for Philadelphia's neighborhoods, abandoned land, and infrastructure issues which present modern-day design challenges. The solutions to these challenges are broadly applicable to other aging industrialized cities around the world.

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This program is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee.