Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards

Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards



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Edmund N. Bacon Urban Design Awards

Presented Annually In February

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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.

The combined awards ceremony is hosted in Philadelphia each February.

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.

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This program is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee.