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Enter the 2015 Better Philadelphia Urban Planning Student Challenge for a Chance to Win $5,000!October 2nd, 2014

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The Philadelphia Center for Architecture just launched the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge, an annual competition (formerly the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition) that challenges university-level students from around the world to address real-world urban design issues in Philadelphia. This year’s brief focuses on the ‘Future of Petty Island,’ a largely forgotten and underutilized landmass located on the Delaware River. Competition participants are asked to develop visionary new uses for Petty Island that will creatively address today and tomorrow’s cultural, environmental, and economic needs. Pre-registration for the competition is free. The first place winner will be awarded a $5,000 cash prize.

October 2nd, 2014

October 24th, 2014



$5,000 USD


Entrants MUST electronically submit one (1) presentation board which measures 80” wide x 40” tall (203cm x 101.5cm) as a PDF document. Entrants MUST also electronically submit one (1) 10-slide PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. The purpose of this slide show is to help tell the story of your proposal and will also become the basis of your public presentation at the awards ceremony, should your team win.


This year’s judges will remain anonymous until after the winning entries are announced. Past judges for the Better Philadelphia Challenge include:

• Alan Greenberger, Executive Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

• Dennis Pieprz, Principal, Sasaki Associates

• Alexander Garvin, President + CEO, AGA Public Realm Strategies, Inc.

• Anthony Bracali, President + Principal, Friday Architects/Planners, Inc.

• Elinor Bacon, President, E.R. Bacon Development