Our work at UCSD over the past 15 years has catalyzed campus activation and landscape opportunities, while connecting networks and preserving ecological character. These planning blueprints are now coming into sharp focus in a new model for academic collaboration and residence life. Focusing on the arts and humanities, the Living and Learning Neighborhood gives a locus to interdisciplinary collaboration – a foundation for innovation and discovery. Covering more than 10 acres, the program integrates 2,000 residential beds with dining facilities, academic facilities, retail and community support spaces, a below-grade garage and a craft center, all with a walkable and open character.
As the new Sixth College at UCSD, the focus on interaction was an intentional signal by the University that learning happens in all moments of residential and academic life – both inside buildings and immersed in the outdoors. Connective pathways and open spaces are as critical to fostering community as the buildings. The design includes outdoor classroom spaces, event lawns, a performance area, community gardens, roof terraces, basketball courts, and two large public plazas. Additionally, the neighborhood includes bike parking for all 2,000 residents, as part of the University’s larger initiative to increase connectivity, activation, and student wellness.