Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 1

The Master Plan for Drexel University from 2012 to the Sesquicentennial in 2041, Drexel@150, will focus not only on sites within the existing real estate portfolio to further its master planning goals, but also take advantage of the intellectual capactity and creativity of its students and faculty.  The recently concluded design charrette, Paths, Places, and Portals, yielded a treasure trove of concepts to be incorporated into the 2012 Master Plan.  A series of posts will present the work of the teams.
 
Team 1 examined Market Street as not only a path, but also a series of places as well as the principal portal to the Drexel campus:
 

 

Charrette Team 1 is comprised of Evan Richter, Maureen McMenamin, John Suozzi,  Kevin Malawski, and Sandra Tilghman.

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4 thoughts on “Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 1”

  1. Congratulations! I think this proposal is strong and filled with whimsical ideas that could be part of branding and building a sense of place and identity for Market Street. I love that you’re embracing the Railroad trestle and the sails/canopies would be a colorful fun addition, whether the lunch trucks move to this spot, or it is just greened, activated, celebrated as part of our history … without the yicky drips from above. 🙂

    Love also that many of the ideas could be implemented quickly, at reasonable cost and phased in.

  2. I agree with the branding and identity of the designs. Team 6 also had a strong signage and identity images. It creates a sense of place and familiarity . Although these ideas are quickly implemented, and funds may be easily accessible, I wouldn’t recommend jumping into anything until the full design expression for the master plan is completed. Branding and identity could definitely be the first phase to be launched. It would be comprehensive, inclusive and cover the most area visibly to set the stage for the pockets of activity that would occur in smaller burst over the course of years as it evolves.

  3. These designs are interesting, but I wouldn’t want to pursue them without other development on Market given there isn’t really enough here to draw pedestrian traffic to the area. I’m interested to see if a greenway/walkway can be developed to extend the Highline Park and Penn Park to 30th St Station and Drexel’s proposed development in that area.

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