04 August 2014

A'Beckett Urban Square: where art, sport and recreation meet

After much anticipation, RMIT’s A’Beckett Urban Square finally opened to students on 10 July.

The temporary repurposing of the former car park at the corner of Stewart and A’Beckett Streets has brought a new lease of life to the City campus.

In a visit to our Urban Square, you will find yourself taking in art, hanging out with friends or simply joining in some sporting action, before-between-after class!

Urban Square is a student destination. While the inspired use of space brings not only the RMIT and Melbourne communities together through multi-use sporting courts, modern landscaping features, BBQ facilities, table tennis, WiFi and bike parking, this is a space you can call your own.

The square triples the sporting space at City campus, so get your friends together and challenge them to a game of basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton or futsal.

What’s really special is the commissioned artwork of local but internationally-renowned artist Ash Keating.

The huge splashes of green which the artist says will ‘‘create the appearance of a natural landscape in the middle of a concrete urban jungle,’’ places the Urban Square in the company of other large-scale works by Keating such as the painted mural that opened Melbourne Now, the largest exhibition in the history of the National Gallery of Victoria.

It might not be a defunct railway but we like to think of it as our take on New York City’s High Line.

The Urban Square will occupy the site temporarily, with the site flagged for future development by RMIT. So make sure you get down there and enjoy it while it lasts!

Discover more by visiting RMIT A’Beckett Urban Square.

To book use of the square’s sporting facilities, go to Campus facilities.

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