2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards | Honoring Majora Carter + the Winners of the Student Design Competition

2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards | Honoring Majora Carter + the Winners of the Student Design Competition



















The Bacon Family 

Bittenbender Construction 


Gilmore & Associates 

Hinge Collective 

Ian Smith Design Group  

JDT International  

Keast & Hood  

Scout LTD  

Scannapieco Development Corporation 

Temple University Tyler School of Art & Architecture 

Thomas Jefferson University, College of Architecture and the Built Environment  

VSBA Architects & Planners 



  • Talk
  • Awards
  • Reception
2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards | Honoring Majora Carter + the Winners of the Student Design Competition
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Center / Architecture + Design
1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

$150 | VIP (includes VIP reception)
$25 | General Admission
$20 | Early Bird (ends 12/31)
$10 | Student w/ Valid ID
*For student discount, email photo of valid student ID to [email protected]


"You shouldn't have to leave your neighborhood to live in a better one." - Majora Carter

Join us in honoring Majora Carter and the student winners of the 2020 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards.

Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous economic developments, green-infrastructure projects & policies, and job training & placement systems. Most famously, Carter became involved in urban design when her dog led her into a disused stretch of waterfront property in the Bronx, which inspired her to develop the first new South Bronx waterfront park in over 60 years. The park provides alternative transport, recreational space, jobs, and environmental enhancements to the local community.

This year's Student Design Competition asked entrants to consider the design of the Chelten Avenue shopping district in Germantown, the most economically diverse neighborhood in the city. How might this district be designed to better support the local community, improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians (and all modes of transit), and help reveal all the nearby amenities available to shoppers: from public parks and swimming pools to historic homes and urban farms? See the winning entries and hear from the impressive students who developed them.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception for all in attendance.

With the purchase of a VIP ticket, we invite you to join us and the award winners before the ceremony at 5:00 PM for our VIP Reception which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Majora Carter, the competition winners, local dignitaries, and our built-environment focused sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.

5:00 - 6:15 PM | VIP Reception (requires VIP ticket)
6:30 - 7:45 PM | Awards Ceremony + Talk
7:45 - 8:30 PM | Coffee + Dessert Reception

Germantown United


About The Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards
Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], this annual program honors 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 the Edmund N. Bacon Award. In addition, the winners of an international urban design competition for university students, envisioning a better Philadelphia and taking place the preceding fall, are honored with an Edmund N. Bacon Student Award.

The combined awards ceremony is hosted in Philadelphia each February.

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