The 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge

The Future of Petty Island

Pre-Registration Deadline: 11:59PM, October 02, 2014
Competition Takes Place: October 03 - 24, 2014
Awards Ceremony: February 2015 (tentative)
Competition Brief: Click here to download
Registration: Click here to pre-register

Overview:
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. 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?

Pre-Registration is FREE! Pre-Registrants will receive the official competition challenge and rules via email on the day the competition launches (October 03, 2014).

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.

This competition is listed on many competition websites, including archinect.com, e-architect.com, and studentcompetitions.com

Competition History

2014 - How Will Driverless Cars Shape the Philadelphia of Tomorrow?

Competition Overview + Winning Entries

First Place:
IndePENNdense 2076 - Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Jury Prizes
for the Design of User Experience: Zero-Gap Commute - University of Texas at Arlington, TX
for Integration of Vehicles: Walking the Fast Lane - Cornell University, NY
for Best Urban Form: Auto Civitas - University of Pennsylvania, PA
for Most Visionary Proposal: ECOtonomy - University of Texas at Arlington, TX

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