Expand the Innovation
For close to a century Drexel has demonstrated
the value of an educational process that integrates
academic teaching with applied learning in the
workplace. In the 21st century, Drexel can intensify
its focus on multiple learning contexts by fostering
more original research by the campus community
and private-sector partners, and by promoting
a greater integration of the spheres of studying,
research, working, and living—enhancing its
stature as a premier center of discovery. This will
harness the power of collaborative thinking to
reach new levels of creative innovation. Drexel's
urban setting offers a special opportunity to
integrate the activities of the campus, community,
and workplace into a coherent, dynamic, and fully
accessible district that both facilitates innovation,
and demonstrates its rewards.
An intensive mix of university, commercial, and residential activity near 30th Street Station and along
Market Street will expand Drexel's innovation opportunities, while areas emphasizing residential and
neighborhood retail activity will build bonds with Powelton Village and Mantua.
Intensify the overlap and magnitude
of campus, workplace, residential, and
amenity activities to foster creative
The 30th Street corridor and other corridors
near 30th Street Station can come to life days, evenings, and
weekends with a mix of people engaged in living, working,
learning, and relaxing.
Connect students with employers and
the community beyond campus.
the Steinbright Career Development Center to a prominent,
welcoming home on Market Street will build stronger
connections among students, employers, faculty, and the
Demonstrate sustainability innovations.
Educate the public about effective sustainability practices—
for example, provide signage explaining new low-impact
campus stormwater infrastructure, such as the plantings at the
Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building. Execute the Campus
Master Plan using high-density, mixed-use, and transit-oriented
development approaches that inherently limit resource
consumption and promote public health.