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Campus Planning with a Vision of the Future

Penn Connects is a land use and urban design strategy with a 30-year horizon to advance Penn as a premier urban research university.

Introduced in 2006, Penn Connects set out to create a vibrant, sustainable, and innovative campus with deep connections to our local community with far-reaching global perspectives. The first Penn Connects plan recommended creating civic and open space; identifying land use and development zones; and improving physical connections for pedestrians, automobiles, and bicycles.

Penn has completed nearly all of the projects set out in Phase 1, resulting in a positive impact on the campus and community beyond. The renewed vision of Penn Connects 2.0 built upon the accomplishments of Phase 1 and the acquisition of a 23-acre former industrial parcel located at 3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, just south of campus along the Schuylkill River, now known as Pennovation Works. Penn Connects 2.0 enhanced and reinforced the planning and design vision for the campus in response to emerging sustainability goals.

Penn Connects 3.0 continues the transformation of our spectacular urban campus, supporting all aspects of Penn's teaching and scholarship, research and clinical care, while enriching our students' living and learning experiences, strengthening community engagement and advancing sustainable leadership.

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