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Penn Connects: A New Master Plan
October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9

PennConnects: Campus Masterplan

Penn Connects: A New Master Plan for the University will be discussed by Dennis Pieprz, president, Sasaki Associates, on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. in Meyerson Hall, B1. Recently, he led the planning and design team for Penn Connects, an update to Penn’s master plan which provides Penn with a clear vision for the future—a vision responding to the history and tradition of the campus, the surrounding context and the previous planning and design initiatives that have transformed the campus.

Mr. Pieprz plays a leading role in the firm’s urban design practice and was design principal for Sasaki’s winning entry for the Olympic Green, the urban design plan for the main site of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His award-winning work has been recognized by the AIA, ASLA, SCUP and Progressive Architecture.

The catalyst for the project arises out of the acquisition, in 2007, of some 24 acres from the U.S. Postal Service. The plan offers an unprecedented opportunity to redefine the relationship of the University and the City by developing an urban design strategy to integrate the entire eastern area along the Schuylkill River with the core of the campus. The plan proposes ideas for strategic infill of new academic and residential uses within the academic core as well as new research and mixed uses on currently under-utilized sites.

 The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Architecture. For information about the Penn Connects project and Sasaki Associates, visit www.sasaki.com/what/portfolio.cgi?fid=386&page=21.

Also, a 32-page executive summary of Penn Connects, is available at www.evp.upenn.edu.

Almanac - October 24, 2006, Volume 53, No. 9