Bacon Awards update

John O. Norquist, President and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism and former mayor of Milwaukee, will speak at this year’s Ed Bacon Foundation design awards ceremony on Dec. 2.  Photo and more info on Norquist at

The Congress for the New Urbanism is a Chicago-based non-profit that promotes dense, walkable development as an alternative to sprawl. Norquist, who is the recipient of the Bacon Foundation’s 2008 Award for Professional Excellence, also worked to promote this type of development during his mayoral tenure, which spanned from 1988 to 2004.

The winners of the Bacon Foundation’s Rebuild/Revive national student competition will also be announced at the event, and their winning work will be displayed.

This year’s competitors were asked to create design solutions that could reinvigorate the Ludlow neighborhood of Philadelphia or similar struggling communities. They were urged to find uses for the neighborhood’s vacant space and abandoned buildings and increase connectivity between Ludlow and other neighborhoods. They were also to keep the neighborhood’s history in mind, including past attempts at revitalization and a more recent trending toward suburban-style development.

The Bacon Foundation event will be held on the 33rd Floor of  the Loews Hotel (PSFS Building), 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia. Cost is $50 for adults or $25 for students. Patron tickets, which include a VIP reception, cost $100. The VIP reception starts at 6 p.m., with the awards presentation following at 7.  A dinner reception and exibition of the winning designs begins at 8:30 p.m.

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Posted by Kellie Patrick Gates

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