Better Philadelphia Challenge

Better Philadelphia Challenge



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Better Philadelphia Challenge

Presented Annually In October

First Prize is $5,000!

Founded in 2006 in memory of Philadelphia’s iconic 20th century city planner, Ed Bacon [1910-2005], this annual international competition (formerly the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition) challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to urban centers around the globe.

Conducted every October, the competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students in any field of study; the most successful entries tend to come from teams which include students from a range of majors, including architecture, urban planning, design, landscape architecture, business, political science, and others.

Pre-Registration is always FREE - a $25 per-entry fee is charged at the time of submission. Learn more and pre-register for the current competition here

This compeition is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee:

  • Diana LIND, NEXT City - Chair
  • Hilda BACON, iHOPE-NYC
  • Ariel BEN-AMOS, Phila. City Planning Commission
  • David BENDER, Center for Architecture
  • John BOWER, BLT Architects
  • Alex FELDMAN, U3 Ventures
  • Brett FELDMAN, Klehr LLP
  • Hilary JAY, Center for Architecture
  • Rebecca JOHNSON, AIA Philadelphia
  • Don JONES, EwingCole
  • Bob McCONNELL, EwingCole
  • Lindsey SCANNAPIECO, Scout Ltd.