03 September 2015

New Academic Street Unleashed

Ten days of events, including a virtual reality tour, digital animations on Swanston Street and a demolition party, launched our New Academic Street (NAS) project.

The NAS Unleashed program marked the start of building works that will transform the heart of the City campus.

More than 1800 people got involved in the events, which kicked off with a virtual reality tour of the new spaces via two Oculus Rift units. A team of recent graduates from the Bachelor of Design (Games) and Bachelor of IT (Games Graphics Programming) in the VxLab created the software that transported you into mid-2017 when NAS is complete.

Over 200 people joined Pro Vice-Chancellors Peter Coloe and Paul Gough at the launch of the Urban Animators: Living Laboratory digital projection and hoarding art program. Building 10 on Swanston Street, City campus was transformed into a vibrant canvas, as six animated artworks were projected onto it after dusk. Thousands of visitors, commuters, and residents enjoyed the 20-minute show every night for a week and the fixed art will be installed onto hoarding in October.

The NAS Unleashed team and RUSU partnered to produce an epic farewell to The Hub in Building 10 (it’s still there until October but will re-open with a new name and location while the renovations are underway). More than 550 people got into the Demolition Party spirit and enjoyed live artworks by graffiti artists, DJs and break-dancers, drinks, cocktails, snacks and a pumping dance-floor inside spaces that will soon be demolished.

In week two a series of briefing sessions continued including:

• NAS Paperbag Lunch Sessions presented the lifecycle of the project whilst enjoying a sandwich or three.

• NAS Deconstruction Briefing Series, delivered by a team of industry experts across a range of topics: Environmental and Sustainable Design by Nick Bamford and Michael Li (AECOM); Structural Engineering by Brendon McNiven (ARUP) and Nigel Bertram (NMBW Architecture Studio); Construction and Project Management by Marcus Bailey and Ben Brown (Lend Lease) and Architecture and Design presented by Lyons.

For more information, go to New Academic Street project.

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