Land Use Patterns
The plan recommends new development in compact patterns adjacent to regional transit services, encouraging reduced auto dependence and the reliance on fossil fuels to move about the campus and University City area. Mixed-use development combining office, academic, research, retail and housing uses at strategically chosen densities will support the creation of a pedestrian atmosphere, while reducing the footprint of the built environment, leaving more open space. The Plan respects Philadelphia’s traditional development pattern by locating buildings along east-west streets, benefiting from the optimal solar orientation and responding to prevailing breezes. Such opportunities for daylighting and natural ventilation reduce energy demand and improve building efficiency.