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Expand the Innovation Community

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.

Drexel maps of the community

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.

Drexel maps of the community

Intensify the overlap and magnitude of campus, workplace, residential, and amenity activities to foster creative innovation.

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.

Drexel maps of the community

Connect students with employers and the community beyond campus.

Relocating the Steinbright Career Development Center to a prominent, welcoming home on Market Street will build stronger connections among students, employers, faculty, and the broader community.

Drexel maps of the community

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.