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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.

Drexel maps of shared places

A variety of on- and off-campus gathering places will strengthen learning opportunities and social connections within and across communities.

Drexel maps of shared places

Promote dialogue among diverse groups of people.

The Library Learning Terrace transformed an uninviting outdoor space into a hub of student learning and conversation.

Drexel maps of shared places

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.

Drexel maps of shared places

Provide multiple forms and places of gathering to invite these conversations.

Drexel can 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.

Drexel maps of shared places

Expand dining, retail, entertainment, and recreation amenities that bring people together.

Recruiting new tenants to neighborhood retail locations can create new centers of community for Drexel and its neighbors.

Drexel maps of shared places

Turn the armory into a hub for student activity.

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.