Better Philadelphia Challenge

Better Philadelphia Challenge


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2016 Competition is open to students AND design professionals!

Register for FREE by:
October 01, 2015
October 02 - 23, 2015
Submission Deadline:
October 23, 2015

Edmund N. Bacon Awards Ceremony + Talk

Better Philadelphia Challenge

Held annually In October

Learn About the 2016 Challenge + Download The Competition Packet!

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 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. *new for 2016 - the competition will be open to professionals (design or other), too!

Registration is always FREE - a per-entry fee is charged at the time of submission.

The Awards Ceremony is traditionally held in February and also features a talk by that year's Edmund N. Bacon Award winner.

This competition is organized by the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee.