Draw the Community Together
Around Shared Places.
Seventy percent of learning at Drexel takes place
outside of the classroom. The right teaching
facilities are places where students, faculty,
and staff can meet in various combinations to
expand conversations that start in classrooms and
laboratories, and to carry these extracurricular
conversations back to academic spaces. The
growing collaboration among Drexel's colleges
and departments further underscores a need for
the campus to promote frequent dialogue among
diverse faculty, staff, and students. Drexel's campus
district should consciously provide a variety of
meeting places, formal and informal—from faculty
conference rooms to student recreation spaces,
from campus lawns to neighborhood cafes—that
advance scholarship by building social connections.
A variety of on- and off-campus gathering places will strengthen learning opportunities
and social connections within and across communities.
Promote dialogue among diverse groups
The Library Learning Terrace transformed an
uninviting outdoor space into a hub of student learning and
Better utilize the historic main building.
Already a major crossroads of a diverse campus community,
the Main Building's Great Court could foster dramatically
more interaction within the community with more seating and
greater visibility to/from adjacent spaces.
Provide multiple forms and places of gathering to invite these conversations.
leverage the success of the Recreation Center by adding outdoor seating and plantings that extend student interaction from the
building interior to Market and 33rd Streets and the Lancaster Green.
Expand dining, retail, entertainment, and
recreation amenities that bring people
Recruiting new tenants to neighborhood retail
locations can create new centers of community for Drexel and
Turn the armory into a hub for student
Complementing the Armory's existing recreational
activities with mezzanine-level student gathering spaces can
intensify student interaction and better link Drexel's existing
and future student neighborhoods.