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RMIT's play for a new A'Beckett Street footprint

RMIT University is hoping to continue its substantial building program with a sizeable mixed-use tower set for a long held A'Beckett Street address. Entering planning during late 2015, the new proposal designed by Denton Corker Marshall would provide additional educational space and 11 levels of office space, most likely for ancillary university use. Located at 24-46 A’Beckett Street the project also represents Denton Corker Marshall's third...

Episodic Urbanism: The RMIT urban spaces project (1996-2015)

Launched two weeks ago, Episodic Urbanism is a book which documents the transformation of two city blocks which form RMIT University's city campus located in the heart of Melbourne. The book depicts visually and narratively the story of how Peter Elliott Architecture + Urban Design has worked, over the course of nearly twenty years, to transform RMIT University’s inner city premises from what was essentially a private fortress into a public-...

RMIT students propose pop-up activation for Docklands

Always a point of conjecture amongst many a Melburnian, Docklands has become the area of interest for a group of students from RMIT University’s Master of Arts (Art in Public Space) program who have launched an eBook that showcases visions that were conceived and designed to activate open spaces around Docklands' Harbour Esplanade spine. The students spent weeks researching the design, construction and formation of Docklands and analysing the...
RMIT's New Academic Street. © RMIT University

In Detail: RMIT's New Academic Street

Reading more like a roll call of the architectural equivalent of an Avenger's film, the design team behind RMIT University's latest $220m project at its city campus, dubbed the 'New Academic Street' (NAS) features a who's who of former alumni and academic staff. Key to the development is the strengthening the university's connections and engagement with its surrounds around the northern parts of the CBD; an area itself experiencing a sustained...
RMIT's New Academic Street © RMIT University

Work begins on RMIT's New Academic Street Project

In the last week hoardings have gone up at the base of RMIT's Building 8 to signal the beginning of works on RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) Project. Hoarding going up on site. Image courtesy of MvS Architects The project sees MvS Architects teaming up with Lyons , NMBW , HAW and Peter Maddison to deliver a more permeable and active streetscape for the city campus. Landscape architects Taylor Cullity Leathlen round out the multi-disciplinary...

RMIT rolls out a heightened student experience

Head into Melbourne's CBD via Swanston Street and you're met with a relic of a bygone era: RMIT University's Buildings 10, 12 and 14. Constructed during the 1970's the insular edifice has received little more than cosmetic work since, with the promise of extensive design changes looming over the complex in recent years. Last week it was announced the quartet (including the more recent Building 8) would receive an extensive upgrade with the aim...
"The Northern Hood" - David Isaacs © RMIT

RMIT School of Architecture & Design Exhibition June/July 2014

Having been recently included in Jebiga's (I should stress highly subjective) list of the top 10 architecture schools in the world , RMIT's School of Architecture and Design's end of semester exhibition recently drew to a close. Held from June 30 through July 4 at the Design Hub, the end of semester exhibition - for the first time - combined the works of its Masters and Bachelors students into a single exhibition kick started by the traditional...

RMIT student design - The Museum of Sound

RMIT Student - Zacq Wong Without exploring the inherent qualities of this design by Zacq Wong, Urban Melbourne can't help but be impressed by the ancillary benefits of this conceptional Museum of Sound building located on Swanston Street directly behind Young & Jacksons. Walking out of Flinders Street Station and along Swanston Street is no stroll down the Champs Elysees at the best of times, let alone at night. For pedestrians and tourists...
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Development & Planning

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 07:00
The changing built form landscape within City of Yarra may well be nudged once more down the commercial path as plans are assessed for a sizebale development of the Kia/Patersons site at 198-242 Burnley Street, Richmond. Council is deliberating over a plan which would create four separate office buildings that would hold an accumulated GFA of approximately 40,000sqm and support 800-1000 full time jobs.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 12:00
Carolyn Whitzman , University of Melbourne Liveability is an increasingly important goal of Australian planning policy. And creating cities where residents can get to most of the services they need within 20 to 30 minutes has been proposed, at both federal and state level, as a key liveability-related mechanism.

Visual Melbourne

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:00
Part Three follows on from the Part One: Yarra's Edge and Part Two: Victoria Harbour. The focus of today's piece will be NewQuay and Harbour Town, the northern most precincts within Docklands. NewQuay NewQuay was the first precinct to open way back in 2003 and has probably evolved the most.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:00
Michael Buxton , RMIT University In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning. However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 12:00
The greening of Southbank is a step closer to reality following the endorsement of the draft concept plan for Southbank Boulevard and Dodds Street by the Future Melbourne Committee on Tuesday, 18 July, 2017.