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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...

Development & Planning

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:00
Ballarat's station precinct is set to be transformed, following last week's announcement that the Pellicano Group has been awarded the rights to develop a new conference centre and hotel facility.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00
Melbourne’s tram network may hold the key to providing the dense network of high frequency rapid transport that would provide world class connectivity in the inner-city and CBD. Melbourne and New York are very different cities. Drawing too close a parallel between any two cities can be a folly; however New York and Melbourne share some near similarities where it counts.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).