Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 5

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 5 examined the 32nd Street Corridor, exploring its importance as a primary access to the campus from points north using the Spring Garden Street exit from the Schuylkill Expressway:

Charrette team 5 is comprised of Noureen Chohan, Christine Rettew, Emily McNally, Brian Kim, Clay Schuler, and Philip June.

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4 thoughts on “Paths, Places, and Portals: Charrette Team 5”

  1. The proposals here are VERY intriguing … the walkway idea is Fabulous as are the renderings. The PVCA even has an agreement with SEPTA that would allow us to pay for moving the fence and greening the area. If anyone has brilliant ideas for raising the money to do that, please let us know!

    Can’t picture how the proposed 32nd Street connector helps with traffic flow, the choke points would seem to remain … Spring Garden Street Bridge … JFK and Market. Maybe I’m not picturing that correctly.

    Concerned about the proposed density of the buildings immediately adjacent to the residential area around Summer and Winter Street. Would also be concerned about a building proposed for the park, which is such a great asset for both Drexel and Powelton Village.

  2. I’m really intrigued by the ideas posted here, particularly the enhanced (and perhaps elevated) walkway on 32nd street. We should look to the “Schuylkill Banks” project for both inspiration and any opportunities to connect to it. Its a relatively simple idea that works beautifully and draws tons of pedestrian traffic. Also, it might be worth taking a closer look at the Penn Park plans and seeing where we can connect greenways and walking paths.

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