Welcome to the Neighborhood

Last week, we welcomed students, faculty and staff to celebrate and enjoy UC San Diego’s very first living and learning neighborhood on campus - the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN). Home to Sixth College, new academic buildings for Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences, housing for 2,000 residents, a new Craft Center, a new 600-seat auditorium, and six new restaurants, the purpose-built neighborhood facilitates community, nurtures dynamic interaction and reimagines how we forge connections across our campus and across our larger community. 

Our vision to create a premier destination for students and our greater community has truly come to life with the dedication of this new neighborhood. Hundreds of members of our campus community came out to see what the hype is all about during our Welcome to the Neighborhood event and got a sense of what makes this community so special.

Students share stories about joining impromptu Friday evening karaoke, the sounds of which now echo (and entertain) across the quad each week. Sixth College Provost Lakshmi Chilukuri remarked that she has walked out of the Craft Center as late as 7 pm some evenings to find terraces bustling with conversation and interaction, and the green spaces filled with students playing smash ball, eating and relaxing. 

Our greater community is taking notice too. In fact, last week the San Diego Architectural Foundation recognized NTPLLN with an Orchid Award for Architecture and Teen Choice in their annual Orchids and Onions design awards. Together, we designed and built an environment where students discover and grow, where scholars and researchers collaborate to solve problems, and where the broader community can come to recharge and expand their knowledge. It’s definitely an award winner. 

If you haven’t already, stop by the new NTPLLN to grab a bite at one of the delicious new restaurants. Or find a spot on the lawn to sit and enjoy the cool fall air. Take in the environment, the architecture and the energy that collaboration, innovation and community support have built. You will be glad you did. I look forward to seeing you around the neighborhood.