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Design Competitions

January 8, 2014
Think you've got what it takes to design and build a structure created completely with canned food, ingenuity, and hard work? Enter CANstruction Philadelphia 2014, with proceeds benefiting Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.
January 7, 2014
On the evening of Tuesday, February 18th, Ed Rendell, join former mayor of Philadelphia and Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as he presents an insightful talk in honor of receiving the 2014 Ed Bacon Prize for his ongoing efforts to promote smart transportation investment and development. The prize will be awarded at the annual Ed Bacon Awards Ceremony, to be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The ceremony will also honor the student winners from the Annual Ed Bacon Student Design Competition, which asked university students around the world to imagine how the Philadelphia-region's urban fabric might change in a future full of autonomous vehicles. First prize is $5000.
November 20, 2013
World-renowned designer, Marc Newson, will be in Philadelphia to receive Collab’s 2013 Design Excellence Award this Friday, November 22nd. He will give an illustrated lecture about his work in the Van Pelt Auditorium followed by a subscription preview and buffet supper, hosted by Collab, in the Museum's Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware.
June 26, 2013
The Bicycle Coalition and the City of Philadelphia reserve the right to determine additional artist eligibility requirements. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is seeking design proposals for bike racks to be installed in Center City Philadelphia, and other potential locations in the city.
June 19, 2013
Do you believe that arts and design-based projects can drive change in communities and address civic challenges? Do you have a great idea for a project that will improve the civic space in Philadelphia? This design competition, run by the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy, will provide support to advance creative projects at the intersection of design, art, and public space. During the cycle, there will be approximately 7 grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. Funding for grants is made possible by the Knight Foundation and facilitated by CEOs for Cities.