2018 Edmund N. Bacon Awards + Talk | Honoring Enrique Peñalosa

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Thursday, March 1 2018 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

Join us in honoring Enrique Peñalosa and the student winners of the 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge. Enrique Peñalosa was selected to receive the 2018 Edmund N. Bacon Award because of the world-wide influence his pioneering initiatives as mayor of Bogotá, Colombia have had on public transportation, infrastructure investment, and public space, including on cities such as Philadelphia and New York City.

The 2018 Better Philadelphia Challenge coincides with the 100th anniversary of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year’s challenge, Philadelphia’s Next ‘Park+Way’ asked student teams to share their grand vision of what a new ‘Parkway’ could be in a dense and developed 21st century city and how Philadelphia’s existing natural and cultural resources could be better linked with their neighboring communities. Come meet the winning teams and see their visions for the next great Philadelphia Parkway.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception for all in attendance.

With the purchase of a VIP ticket, we invite you to join us and the award winners before the ceremony at 5:00 PM for our VIP Reception which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Mayor Peñalosa, the competition winners, local dignitaries, and our built-environment focused sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.

5:00 PM - 6:15 PM | VIP Reception (requires VIP ticket)
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM | Awards Ceremony + Talk
7:45 PM - 8:30 PM | Coffee + Dessert Reception

College students can attend for only $5
High School students can attend for FREE
*email a photo of your VALID Student ID to [email protected] for discount code


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GOLD:         The Bacon Family
                     Philadelphia Phillies
                     Scannapieco Development Corporation

                     U3 Advisors

SILVER:        Domus Construction
                     Drexel University
                     O'Donnell & Naccarato
                     PIDC Philadelphia
                     Powell Trachtman, P.C.


BRONZE:     Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
                     Looney Ricks Kiss
                     Penn Facilities & Real Estate Services
                     Republic Bank
                     VSBA Architects and Planners
                     Witty Gritty


About The Edmund N. Bacon Awards + Talk
Founded in 2006, the annual Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awards honors an accomplished figure who has made significant contributions to the fields of urban planning, development, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and commitment to improving their community.

This awards ceremony also honors the winners of the annual Better Philadelphia Challenge which asks university-level students from around the world to design innovative solutions for Philadelphia's neighborhoods, abandoned land, and infrastructure issues which present modern-day design challenges. The solutions to these challenges are broadly applicable to other aging industrialized cities around the world.

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As this event is a fundraiser, tickets are non-refundable, but they MAY be transferred to third parties.

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