2021 Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards Program
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. 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.
This year's honoree, Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, LFAPA, Hon AIA, is a social psychiatrist and professor of urban policy and health at The New School. Selected as this year's recipient for her focus on environmental justice, her work calling attention to the impact of industrial development and its associated effects, particularly on poor and minority communities, matches the theme of this year’s student competition: reimagining the PES refinery site in a way that benefits all Philadelphians, but especially the surrounding neighborhoods, who have lived with the effects of the site for decades.
Since 1986, Dr. Fullilove has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health. From her research, she has published numerous articles, book chapters, and monographs. She has also written: The House of Joshua: Meditations on Family and Place, Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It, and Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities. A third edition of Homeboy Came to Orange: A Story of People's Power, which she helped her father, Ernest Thompson, write, was released in May 2018 by New Village Press. She is co-author, with Hannah L. F. Cooper, of From Enforcers to Guardians: A public health primer on ending police violence, issued by Johns Hopkins University Press in January 2020. Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All,\ was released by New Village Press in September 2020.