How could Philadelphia's connection to the Delaware river be improved while still allowing for the volume of traffic which travels along Interstate 95, which currently cuts off Philadelphia from it's main waterfront? View the winning entries from the 2012 Ed Bacon Student Design Competition to see some creative, ambitious, and practical solutions.
When transportation corridors such as highways and rail lines meet dense urban areas, choices must be made about how to balance the needs of the transportation modes and the lively city it intersects. Across the world, cities have found innovative solutions for addressing issues relating to large-scale urban transportation infrastructure. Recently in the U.S. cities such as San Francisco, New York, and Minneapolis have transformed highways into urban boulevards. Boston buried Interstate 93 in the famous “Big Dig,” but at a huge cost. Other cities have worked to bridge highways and rail corridors that separate downtowns from waterfronts. With international precedent for design solutions, the Center for Architecture challenges the next generation of urban thinkers to propose novel solutions to integrate Philadelphia’s major transportation corridors into its urban fabric.
The Ed Bacon Student Design Competition is run by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture in memory of Philadelphia's City Planner from 1949-1970, Edmund N. Bacon, the only city planner to ever be featured on the cover of Time magazine. The Center performs the charitable and educational work of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia. The Center offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and children's programming on architecture, urban planning, and design. They are also home to the AIA Bookstore & Design Center and the Community Design Collaborative.
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