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Jennifer Keesmaat + the winning 2019 Better Philadelphia Challenge entry

L: Jennifer Keesmaat | R: section of the winning 2019 Better Philadelphia Challenge entry

January 3, 2019 | Center News, Lectures + Talks, Press Releases
By: Nate Hommel, co-chair Ed Bacon Memorial Committee The Center is excited to announce the winner of this years Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Award : Jennifer Keesmaat of Toronto, Canada. As we all know too well, city building is a complex process requiring many people from numerous professions to come together in order to make change happen. Jennifer Keesmaat was the Chief Planner for Toronto for five years, a candidate for Mayor in the city’s most recent election, and has achieved global renown for her enthusiastic TED talks and the creative ways she engages the public in conversations about our cities. We think her approach to urbanism has made a difference in Canada and we are excited for her to share her ideas with Philadelphia. Enthusiastic optimism is a valued trait in urbanism, and Jennifer’s ability to bring to light new approaches to difficult issues, such as affordable housing, rethinking our relationship with the car, and walkability are models we can all use in our daily practice of progressive urbanism and city building. The Center's Ed Bacon Memorial Committee was quite impressed with Keesmaat's time spent improving Toronto through innovative densification and walkability projects as well as engaging the citizenry...more
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March 8, 2018 | Center News, Lectures + Talks
2018 Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awardee Enrique Pe ñ alosa receiving the 2018 Edmund N. Bacon Award from Center Chair, Rich Davies [all photos by Chris Kendig for the Center for Architecture and Design] Author: David Bender “ The goal of a city should be to promote happiness .” So began Enrique Peñalosa’s discussion on the imperative of good urban planning as he received the Center for Architecture and Design’s 2018 Edmund N. Bacon Award . The ceremony, hosted on the evening of March 1 st , 2018, honored both Peñalosa, mayor of Bogota, Colombia, and the student winners of the Center’s 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge. The award, event, and competition are presented annually by the Center in honor of it's namesake, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], the first Executive Director of Philadelphia's City Planning Commission from 1949-1970. L-R: Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of the Center for Architecture and Design; Enrique Pe ñ alosa, Mayor of Bogotá, Colombia; Hilda Bacon, daughter of Ed Bacon; Rich Davies, chair of the Center's Board of Directors Following the student presentations, Peñalosa took the podium to explain his goal as mayor of Bogota: to promote happiness through equity and social integration. Peñalosa believes that cities are...more
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March 8, 2018 | Center News, Lectures + Talks
Smart Weave, the $5,000 First Place winning entry in the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge Author: David Bender In honor of the 100 th anniversary of Philadelphia’s grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Center for Architecture and Design’s Ed Bacon Memorial Committee challenged university students around the world to develop new ideas for a ‘Park+Way’ in either South, West, or North Philadelphia. Instead of encouraging students to develop a plan requiring the demolition of 1,300 buildings, as was done to produce the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the committee asked students to develop new concepts for what a ‘Park+Way’ could be – one that connects residents and visitors in Philadelphia neighborhoods to nearby natural and cultural resources. Design concept for the Benjamin Franklin Parkway by Paul Crét and Jacques Gréber, 1917 The challenge asked students to consider a multitude of factors in their designs, including: How their designs will make it easier for (and encourage) residents to find and visit the natural resources and cultural institutions located within and near their neighborhoods Which existing and future civic institutions (such as libraries, health clinics, rec centers, police stations, pools, etc.) should be connected by their Park+Way designs How their designs could improve the health of:...more
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Foster with lead sponsors

Lord Foster with the event's lead sponsors; Brian Roberts and Karen Bucholz of Comcast and John Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust.

June 23, 2015 | Kahn Memorial Lecture, Center News, Lectures + Talks
Dear Friends and Colleagues: Although a joyous family occasion prevented me from attending the 30th Louis I. Kahn Memorial Lecture on June 9, I am happy to report that the evening was a smashing success! I have heard from many colleagues that Lord Norman Foster was engaging, thoughtful, and inspirational describing his work and his passions to a sold-out auditorium. The event brought together the development and design community in a unique evening celebrating the work of a talented architect and his team, along with the visionary leadership of Brian Roberts of Comcast , and John Gattuso of Liberty Property Trust . Their efforts to bring the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center to fruition will have a lasting impact on the City of Philadelphia and for that we are all grateful. As president of the Center for Architecture Board and past president of AIA Philadelphia, I am heartened by the support and enthusiasm of my professional community, friends, peers, colleagues, and mentors in supporting the Kahn Lecture this year. A special thank you goes out to Bill McDowell , Chair of the Kahn Lecture Committee, for his tireless efforts in making the event a reality. Designing Our Skyline , an...more
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February 18, 2015 | Center News, Lectures + Talks
Ever wonder how Philadelphia became the city it is today? The Center for Architecture's engaging 10-part lecture series, Building Philadelphia , investigates the social, political, economic, and design trends that contributed to Philadelphia's development. Each talk is led by renowned local architects, urban planners, archaeologists, and historians; and cover topics including major urban planning projects, like the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill, Philadelphia's impressive palette of architectural styles, and the city's immigrant history.more