New York's headline-making transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan, will be in Philadelphia on February 1st to receive the Edmund N. Bacon Prize from the Center for Architecture. This is an annual award bestowed "on an accomplished figure who has achieved outstanding results in urban planning, development, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and commitment to improving their community."
The Bacon Prize is coupled with the awards ceremony for the winners of the Ed Bacon Student Design Competition--an international urban design challenge. The 2012 competition, INTERSECT competition challenges the next generation of urban thinkers to propose novel solutions to integrate Philadelphia’s major transportation corridors into its urban fabric. Students were asked to devise an Interstate solution that addresses freight and passenger traffic that currently flows along Interstate 95 on the Eastern edge of Philadelphia.
This should be a very interesting evening. You can buy tickets here: http://www.cvent.com/events/ed-bacon-awards-ceremony-2011/event-summary-b0c4bee25d574b50ba9b817c2a3d140e.aspx.