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Vibrant New Neighborhood to Break Ground on Campus

When the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood breaks ground on June 18, a neighborhood like no other at UC San Diego will begin to take shape. Located between Muir and Marshall Colleges on the west campus, the new neighborhood will be a vibrant, mixed-use community incorporating residential, academic and administrative space, retail and parking.

“The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is a fundamental component in the transformation of the UC San Diego campus into a live, learn, play community,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “It’s an extraordinary venture that will enhance our students’ experience, providing them with a truly dynamic environment in which they can thrive.”

With a footprint covering more than 10 acres, the 1.6 million-gross-square-foot project is the largest in the history of the architecturally acclaimed campus. The complex—expected to be completed in fall 2020—will become the new home for Sixth College, comprising 2,000 undergraduate beds, 1,200 underground parking spaces and a market, dining hall, retail space and craft center. The neighborhood will also house two new academic buildings—one for Social Sciences and one for the Arts and Humanities.

Lilving Learning renderFor Arts and Humanities, the division’s new building will mark the first time in the university’s history that all three humanities departments—History, Literature and Philosophy–will be gathered in the same space.

“The humanities train all students to think critically, express creatively and communicate clearly,” said Division of Arts and Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta. “We are thrilled that this new structure will create a physical hub for the generation of theories and ideas that evolve through dialogue, discussion and reinterpretation with partners on and off campus.”

The Arts and Humanities Building will also be home to the Institute of Arts and Humanities and the Analytical Writing Program, initiatives that Della Coletta calls “key to extending the scholarly fundamentals derived from the humanities to the full spectrum of academic knowledge.”

Included in the academic space will be eight general assignment classrooms and four active learning classrooms, which are student-centered, technology-rich spaces, designed to facilitate student interaction. There will also be four lecture halls of varying sizes–two 250-seat halls, one 350-seat hall and a large-scale 600-seat lecture hall.

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