Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards Student Competition

Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards Student Competition

Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards Student Competition

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Center for Architecture and Design (Center) has hosted the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Competition (formerly the Better Philadelphia Challenge) for 15 years.  Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Edmund N. Bacon [1910-2005], this annual program honors both professionals and students whose work epitomize excellence in urban design.

The Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Committee has decided to pause the student competition for 2021, while still giving a 2022 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award to a professional, to be announced and award ceremony in February 2022. 

“The Committee has decided to pause the competition this year for some strategic thinking about how we can best honor the legacy of Ed Bacon’s Better Philadelphia Exhibition and programming, as well as create an opportunity and experience for students participating that would further best practices in community engagement and design practices that center community voices and perspectives.”  says Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of Center for Architecture and Design.

Committee Co-Chair Nate Hommel continues, “Every year we pick a site or area in the City to focus our competition, and over the years we have had tremendous partnerships with local organizations around the site or community.  The Bacon Competition is at its heart an ideas competition – and many of students’ ideas over the years have sparked different conversations and spurred other ideas from community members. Recently, however we have been hearing from community groups and advocates across the city, that communities have planning fatigue; and in addition, with all this planning going on, community groups still feel ignored and disconnected from the process of how their neighborhoods are planned, designed, and built.”

 “We are taking this feedback seriously and think that it is an appropriate time to clarify our goals and values, as we rethink and redesign this competition.  We believe that this competition focuses on supporting future urban designers and the communities they will work with – therefore we want our competition to prioritize supporting students and community; because that is how we celebrate the legacy of Ed Bacon – designing a better Philadelphia for everyone.” shares Johnson.  

The revised Edmund N. Bacon Student Design Competition will be announced in April 2022. Stay tuned for details on the 2022 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Award Winner to be announced soon.

 

Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Edmund N. Bacon [1910-2005], the Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards honor both professionals and students whose work epitomize excellence in urban design. Each year, 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 - is selected to receive our Edmund N. Bacon Award. In addition, the winners of an international student urban design competition envisioning a better Philadelphia are honored with our Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Student Awards.

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 competition is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee.