The firm provided planning and urban design services for the Pepper Canyon Neighborhood Planning Study at UC San Diego to include new student housing and mixed-use development. A new light rail bisects this unique 63-acre site creating a new entry and identity for the campus, as well as a more urban transit-oriented district. The Study balanced existing facilities with more than 20 active projects in the precinct in coordination with other design professionals. The focus was constructing 3,400 student beds in two villages (Pepper Canyon East and West) to include retail development and additional planned development in this neighborhood. Both Pepper Canyon West and Pepper Canyon East will embrace the essential qualities of neighborhoods by clustering of buildings, focusing on the canyon and sharing open spaces and places. This new student life neighborhood is capitalizes on the new vitality brought by adjacent improvements including light rail, the Gilman Street Bridge, and Triton Pavilion. Within this context, a new, higher-density livable neighborhood will activate a critical campus edge.
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, CA