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Ed Bacon Student Design Competition 2015

The Philadelphia Center for Architecture’s Ed Bacon Memorial Committee has opened pre-registration for the Better Philadelphia Challenge: The 2015 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition.

The Ed Bacon competition is an annual international student design competition focusing on an urban design challenge in Philadelphia that has broad implications for cities around the globe.

The first prize for the Better Philadelphia Challenge is $5,000.

For this competition, students are challenged to explore how might Petty Island – and the land adjacent to it on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware River – be developed as a visionary 21st Century complex that creatively addresses today’s and tomorrow’s cultural, environmental, and economic needs? Petty Island, the site of multiple development proposals over the centuries (even Louis Sullivan drafted plans for an entertainment complex on the island in 1907), languishes today as a nearly-forgotten storage site for petroleum tanks and cargo containers.

The Competition is open to university-level students in any field of study, with the most successful entries usually coming from teams which include students from a range of majors, including architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, business, public policy, and others.

Ed Bacon Student Design Competition 2015 Entry Fees

The competition assesses a $25 fee per entry at the time of submission.

However, pre-registration is free and open to all!