RMIT University plans city campus overhaul
RMIT University’s buildings are already easily recognizable in the centre of Melbourne, but now plans are afoot to rejuvenate some of the more “dreary” older parts of the city campus into a vibrant New Academic Street.
The campus buildings run along Swanston Street in central Melbourne, some of them date from the 60s and 70s and have been described as “grey ghosts” by the University’s acting vice-chancellor. The new project will open up the campus via a series of laneways leading from the street, and will also make it much easier for students to move between the different buildings.
The redevelopment will also include a considerable expansion of the library facilities, an open vertical garden space for year-round use and the addition of 20 new retail outlets for students and the public. The university has engaged five architectural firms to work on the project, the director of the lead firm Lyons explained, "It will create this strong sense of an open, porous campus, which will be completely different to what it feels like at the moment."
The university expects the project to be completed in 2017. You can read more about this story here.