“Schuylkill Yards is a next-generation innovation community, intentionally designed and holistically created from the ground up through a partnership between Drexel University and Brandywine Realty Trust. As part of the larger Philadelphia innovation ecosystem expanding on both sides of the Schuylkill River, the location is unmatched because of its connection between the city’s economic and education centers, while sitting at the region’s major transportation hub. This nexus will drive economic activity and growth for the city, and is buoyed by access to talent and capital. As curators of the neighborhood, Drexel and Brandywine are committed to embracing a culture of ideas and to ensuring that this community of start-ups, established companies, researchers, artists, residents and visitors is inclusive and diverse so that innovation, creativity and opportunity is available to all.” www.schuykillyards.com
SHoP & West 8
What are the probabilities of this happening?
Likely, unlikely highly likely?
Seems like a great project!
The hudson yards of Philadelphia
I’m not sure, but we know it’s proposed. I’d love to see this project happen, 14 acres of awesomeness!
"Working with Drexel University and master developer Brandywine Realty Trust, SHoP and West 8 will transform 14 acres of existing underutilized land with 6.5 acres of public open space to create a collaborative mixed-use neighborhood in west Philadelphia’s. Schuylkill Yards will feature a mix of 24/7 entrepreneurial spaces, educational facilities and research laboratories, corporate offices, residential and retail spaces, hospitality and cultural venues, as well as a robust public realm network that connects the existing neighborhoods with the adjacent Amtrak 30th Street Station.
Situated next to the third-busiest passenger rail station in the country, Schuylkill Yards will be connected to Philadelphia’s international airport and major cities along the Northeast corridor, making it a major innovation hub on the East Coast.
The plan envisions a new gateway to University City —one that is dynamic, diverse, open and inviting. Central to the scheme is a reimagined One Drexel Plaza, which will become the catalyst for the project as a start-up incubator attached to a new 1.3 acre multi-functional public space, Drexel Square.
In order to achieve a unified and enduring district identity through each successive phase of the project, the design of the district’s streets and public spaces have been highly defined while the design of the individual buildings allow for variation and diversity as parcels get developed over time. The district streets will serve as the public realm plan’s connective tissue, linking one part of the neighborhood to another to make a cohesive whole out of many distinct elements. The proposed street network includes major improvements to the neighborhood’s existing streets, as well as the addition of new streets and pedestrian connections to establish a highly porous circulation network that promotes walking, bicycling, transit, and the use of streets as spaces for social interaction.
The outstanding public realm of Schuylkill Yards will be a catalyst and inspiration for future development, setting the stage for what will become one of Philadelphia’s most dynamic and vibrant urban neighborhoods."
3d model I made on Google Sketchup 8
3d model I made including Philly District 30
How the towers will look from the One Liberty Observation Deck
The observation deck is in this building
Every future building from one of my spots
Philadelphia is doubling its skyline right before our very eyes
Wow it’s like Philly’s getting their version of a Hudson Yards… except that they elected to keep their beautiful train station and we demolished ours and plopped MSG on top.