As the largest land-holder in Melbourne’s city centre, we’re committed to transforming our own built environment to create a sustainable and resilient city.
RMIT has received multiple awards for the green retrofitting of our historic landmark buildings and the innovative design of recent capital works projects such as the Swanston Academic Building and the Design Hub.
Research centres and facilities
The 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia report ranked RMIT “well above world standard” in architecture and “above world standard” in urban and regional planning.
These results represent not only our research outcomes, but also the strength of the facilities that support them:
- Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
- Global Cities Research Institute
- Advanced Manufacturing Precinct
- Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory
Our construction industry expertise ranges from nano-technology to occupational health and safety in the workforce.
Buildings and materials technologies
We create new and advanced material and composites for industrial and economic growth, supported by dedicated research clusters, Life Cycle Assessment and the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct.
Facilities and property management
RMIT researchers are addressing service delivery maintenance and managing risk of failure of infrastructure owned by local councils.
Sustainable urban and regional planning
In this area we’re tackling challenges facing cities in an era of climate change: cities in transition, social change, learning cities, urban metabolism, sustainable business practices, and urban built environments.
Climate change adaptation
Current projects dedicated to creating resilient cities include: Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP), UN Global Compact Cities Programme. Mekong Delta Project in Vietnam and Circles of Sustainability.
Sustainable urban infrastructure
Research in this area looks at social and environmental sustainability in cities experiencing global economic forces.
RMIT aims to lead the way in environmentally sustainable best practice – we’re the joint-first Fairtrade university in Australia and committed to a 25 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) collaborates with UPC University Catalunya, Spain to untangle the mysteries of Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece: the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.
- Baulderstone Hornibrook
- City of Melbourne
- Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria)
- John Holland Group
- Property Council of Australia
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