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Winners of the 2020 Edmund N. Bacon Student Design Challenge

Winners of the 2020 Edmund N. Bacon Student Design Challenge

February 27, 2020 | Center News, Lectures + Talks
This year’s Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards honored the Bronx-based urban revitalization strategist (and MacArthur Fellow) Majora Carter and the Student Design Award winners from Leeds Beckett University , the University of Pennsylvania , and the University of Massachusetts . Two hundred people attended the Awards Ceremony at the Center for Architecture and Design on February 11 th , including the award winners and Philadelphia’s community of developers, urban planners, architects, and urbanophiles. The student winners presented short, PechaKucha-style talks at the ceremony, explaining their designs and how they hoped those designs would benefit Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. Carter presented an inspirational talk about her work and her vision for how communities can be improved without displacing residents. The ceremony was followed by a coffee and dessert reception where the public and the award winners mingled and discussed the concepts and ideas presented. The Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award is presented annually to a professional who has made significant contributions to the field of urban planning through conviction of vision, effective communication, and commitment to improving their community, like the award’s namesake. Majora Carter was honored for her work over the past 20+ years as a real estate developer,...more
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On the Rise Exhibit 4
February 13, 2020 | Buzz About the Center, Exhibitions, Lectures + Talks
This year’s On The Rise exhibition (January 23 – March 5, 2020) honors the 2019 Philadelphia Emerging Architect (PEA) winning firm Studio 6mm , founded by Brian Szymanik and David Quadrini, as well as the 2019 Young Architect Award winners Fátima Olivieri of KieranTimberlake and Drew Lavine of Re:Vision Architecture. The PEA Prize is awarded to a promising firm less than ten years old producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. The Young Architect prize honors architects under 40 who display excellence and promise of future merit in design excellence, professional practice, education, and service to the profession and/or society. Studio 6mm was honored for their work combining design and community, especially for making sure that their projects not only serve the community they're designed for but are accepted and embraced by those communities. This approach was embodied especially well in their design for the Kensington Food Cooperative, selecting colors from the local bodegas to make the building feel familiar to the community while energizing the building with innovative patterning, earning them praise from the community’s residents. Fátima Olivieri-Martinez and Drew Lavine were honored not only for their promise as young architects, but for their efforts to support...more
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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