2014 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition

How Will Driverless Cars Shape the Philadelphia of Tomorrow?

Pre-Registration Deadline: 11:59PM, October 3, 2013
Competition Takes Place: October 04 - November 01, 2013
Winners Announced: Spring 2014
Competition Brief: Click here to download
Registration: Click here to pre-register

Overview:
Recent major advances in driverless technology mean automobiles and their infrastructures are likely to transform American cities in the coming century. What will Philadelphia look like in this future? How will roadways, sidewalks, intersections, signage, traffic signals, and the relationship between buildings, roadways, pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles change? We challenge university-level students to re-imagine the right of way occupied by intelligent automobiles and the associated impact on urban design.

Pre-Registrants will receive the official competition challenge and rules via email on the day the competition launches (October 04, 2013).

Note: Entries from multi-disciplinary teams representing a variety of fields and stakeholders, including perhaps designers, architects, planners, public policy makers, economists, transportation planners, MBAs, or others are strongly encouraged.

Competition History

2013 - Intersection: When Transportation Corridors and Cities Collide, West

Competition Overview

First Place:
Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Jury Prizes For...
Most Realistic Proposal: University of Maryland, College Park MD
Visionary Landscape: University of Nottingham, Nottingham UK
Environmental Sensitivity: University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN
Best Urban Amenities: National University of Singapore

2012 - Intersection: When Transportation Corridors and Cities Collide, East

Competition Overview

First Place:
University of Toronto, Toronto ON

Jury Prizes For...
Infrastructure: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA
Landscape: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta GA
Sustainability: Temple University, Philadelphia PA
Walkability: Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN

2010 - Designing the Fair of the Future: America's 250th Birthday

Competition Overview

First Place:
Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Second Place:
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA

2009 - From Brown to Green: The Grays Ferry Crescent

Competition Overview

First Place:
Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Second Place:
University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame IN

Third Place:
McGill University, Montreal QC

Honorable Mention:
Florida State University, Tallahassee FL
Ryerson University, Toronto ON
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

2008 - Rebuild | Revive: The Ludlow Neighborhood

Competition Overview

First Place:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
- Project Part A
- Project Part B

Second Place:
Cornell University, Ithaca NY
- Project Part A
- Project Part B

Third Place:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
- Project Part A
- Project Part B

Honorable Mention:
Temple University, Philadelphia PA
- Project Part A
- Project Part B

Temple University, Philadelphia PA
- Project Part A
- Project Part B

Cornell University, Ithaca NY
- Project Part AY

2007 - Connecting Market East

Competition Overview

First Place:
BAC University

Honorable Mention:
Tyler School at Temple University, Philadelphia PA
Temple University, Philadelphia PA
Drexel University, Philadelphia PA

2006 - Imagining Penn Center

Competition Overview

First Place:
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA

Second Place:
Florida International Univserity, University Park FL

Honorable Mention:
Temple University, Philadelphia PA
University of Virgina, Charlottesville VA
University of Virgina, Charlottesville VA