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Edmund Bacon Prize
LECTURE & AWARDS CEREMONY - Edmund N. Bacon Prize honoring Ed Rendell and the 2014 Better Philadelphia Challenge Winners
Tuesday, February 18th 2014
At the PA Convention Centers theater (room 114)
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Join political powerhouse Ed Rendell as he presents an insightful talk in honor of receiving the 2014 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his lifetime of success in promoting smart investment in transportation infrastructure. The Edmund N. Bacon Prize is bestowed annually on an accomplished figure who, like Bacon (Executive Director of Philadelphia's City Planning Commission from 1949-1970), has achieved outstanding success in urban planning, development, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and a commitment to improving their community.
Ed Rendell is well known both locally and nationally as one of the foremost advocates for serious investment in transportation infrastructure, as has been evidenced through his tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia, Governor of Pennsylvania, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and as a political commentator on many national news programs. In 2008 Rendell co-founded Building America's Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to "bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation's prosperity and quality of life".
The Better Philadelphia Challenge annually gives university-level students from around the world the chance to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia that have application not only to our city, but to aging industrialized cities around the globe. This year's challenge asked university-level students to imagine the physical shape of Philadelphia in a future of autonomous vehicles. First prize is $5,000.
BOOK TALK - Searching for Philadelphia: The Concealed City (David S. Traub, AIA)
Thursday, February 13, 2014
FREE. Registration NOT Required.
Discover hidden architectural gems of Philadelphia with author and AIA Philadelphia member architect, David S. Traub, AIA, as he discusses his recently published book "Searching for Philadelphia: The Concealed City". The author will be available after the presentation to sign books, which are available in the AIA Bookstore at the front of the Center.
From the publisher: "Searching for Philadelphia utilizes photographs to bring awareness of the many largely hidden and unexpected architectural treasures the city has to offer. Most of these would likely be missed except by the curious and alert pedestrian. The book is made up of seven distinct sections: alluring entryways, narrow streets, walkways, hidden courtyards, secret gardens, tiny parks, and unnoticed buildings."
Emergence of a Modern Metropolis walking tour
Tours depart and tickets available from the AIA Bookstore, located at the front of the Center for Architecture
Warm Season (April - October): Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays @ 2pm
Cold Season (November - March): Saturdays only @ 2pm
$15 Adults, $5 Children under 12
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Experience the transformation of Philadelphia from an engine of industry to a 21st century capital of business and culture. Featuring the architecture and urban design of the city, the Center for Architecture's walking tour will introduce you to the Modern Metropolis of Philadelphia. The tour explores Philadelphia's diverse range of architecture from the 1870s to the present, discovering the social, economic, and political forces that shaped the modern cityscape.
Design Advocacy Group Monthly Meetings
First Thursday of every month
8 to 10 a.m.
The Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia is a volunteer organization whose more than 1,300 members come from a broad spectrum of disciplines and share an interest in design, development, and planning. DAG’s mission is to encourage public discussion about design and to advocate for design excellence.