Ed Bacon Foundation Awards Ceremony

Posted by on November 17, 2008

On the evening of Tuesday December 2nd, the Ed Bacon Foundation will host its third annual awards ceremony, awarding the national design competition’s student winners and celebrating their ideas for Philadelphia’s future.

At the event, the Foundation will present $6,000 in prize money to the winners of this year’s national student design competition, and will feature John Norquist as the keynote speaker and recipient of the Award for Professional Excellence. Norquist is President of the Congress for the New Urbanism, former Mayor of Milwaukee, and a compelling speaker. This year’s student competition focused on the Ludlow neighborhood of North Philadelphia.

We received 66 entries this year from all over the country. In the past, students who never looked at Philadelphia spent their time working on our city’s design problems through this competition, and told me afterwards that they now are considering Philadelphia as a place to live and work! By providing an annual urban design challenge, by bringing the eyes of students across the nation to Philadelphia each year, and by attracting outstanding voices in the urban fields to our city, this program promotes the ideas of the next generation, and the importance of planning and design for the future of Philadelphia.

If these sound like important outcomes to you, I hope you will consider coming out to take part in this program, to support the hard work of the students, and to celebrate a new day for planning in Philadelphia. You can purchase tickets online at http://edbacon.org/rebuild/ceremony.htm

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