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Student contest opens for Philadelphia island overhaul

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The Philadelphia Centre for Architecture has launched a student competition to rejuvenate Petty Island featuring a £3,000 top prize

The contest seeks ideas to transform the underused island into a new complex addressing ‘today’s and tomorrow’s cultural, environmental, and economic needs’.

Currently used for petroleum tank and cargo container storage, the island has been the subject on numerous redevelopment attempts including an entertainment scheme by Louis Sullivan in 1907.

The competition invites students of all disciplines and academic levels to propose improvements for the island and nearby land beside the Delaware River.

Site programming, transportation and access, climate change resilience and environmental sustainability are all expected to be considered by participants.

Multi-disciplinary teams are strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline for registration is 2 October.

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