- Director of Research
- Coordinator, MS in Urban Planning for Transition
- Joseph Falcone & Colin White
Taking influence from the nearby context, the climate-resilient building forms were designed to accentuate the rigidity of the gridded city in contrast to the fluidity of the River Walk. Creating these forms to function as flex spaces while still maintaining residential and mixed-use areas was essential in the design process. In a conclusive manner, Vicinity Campus was assembled to extend the cities' environments while keeping the impending climate threats in mind. Elevating specific programmatic and circulatory spaces as well as placing each building in a spatially aware plan allows for this new campus to become a staple for the city and an accommodative hub for the nearby neighborhoods. With the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Medical buildings being across the Schuylkill River, the Health Science Buildings that now act as a component of Vicinity Campus function to aid further research and stand adjacent to the Gallery space and Great Lawn for city events. Now, the once underutilized Vicinity Power Plant structure and the brownfield site can be used to its full potential for present and future means.