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Pepper Canyon Neighborhood, UC San Diego
San Diego, CA
Planning transformation.
Connecting the community.
Transit-oriented development.
UC San Diego is transforming into a primarily residential campus. HED and Walker/Macy collaborated with campus on a Neighborhood Planning Study for this unique 63-acre site. The study integrated existing structures; 20 active capital projects; with concepts for 3,400 new student beds in two villages.

We focused on connections, transit-oriented development, and the experience of multi-modal transit. The new light rail creates a new entry identity for the campus – both as approached from the new station, but also first-view of the campus from the sweeping overhead track. Pepper Canyon Neighborhood is planned as a transit-oriented district, focused on pedestrians, retail options, and public gathering spaces.
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Results
Pepper Canyon's Neighborhood Planning Study infuses student housing into the canyon and draws natural canyon features into the courtyards.
UCSD’s network of pedestrian and bike pathways form a unique opportunity to bring students and visitors in close contact with nature in their daily experience on campus.
The Rupertus Walk extension through Pepper Canyon West will feature a Stuart Collection art installation, ‘Convergence’ by Ann Hamilton.
Ground floor spaces are devoted to transit-oriented retail for joint use by student residents and campus visitors.
Study diagrams focused on connecting Pepper Canyon to campus features including the academic core, library walk and the Triton Pavilion now in development. Interstitial spaces between buildings are optimized to provide access to nature and connectivity across the expansive campus.
Connecting the community.
Pepper Canyon Neighborhood, UC San Diego
San Diego, CA
Planning transformation.