This is the official blog of my Study Abroad Trip to Australia and New Zealand. I'll be leaving December 26th and returning home February 2nd.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 22: Australians end every sentence like they're asking a question?

Today was a busy day! We got to sleep in fairly late and make our way back to RMIT's School for Construction Management for a Q&A session with some of the current staff which was extremely helpful for the BSCI students with questions about their thesis. We had a guided building tour of the classrooms and the offices for the school which was interesting to see the setting where students from around the world learn. After the tour we walked over to the construction site of RMIT's newest project, the Swanston Academic Building, which was really cool. It was extremely unique in a variety of ways. The exterior facade was crazy and the ideas they incorporated into the design and the implied feel of each office, commons area, and classrooms was interesting. I find myself almost being jealous of Australian architects and the unparalleled freedom they are given when designing a structure. I've seen some of the coolest/weirdest/ugliest/insert adverb in this country than I have ever seen in my life. These structures introduce a refreshing sense of complexity into cities because it seems like no two buildings are alike, but it's cool because at the same time I feel like there's still continuity within the urban environment. I know that sounds contradictory, but I think that aptly describes Melbourne.
There are intricate aluminum panels on each window which acts as a sun shade for the interior of the building.
Standing in a lecture hall from a professor's view
Interesting interior facade near an entrance hall that is supposed to represent a jungle
Well we're all looking forward to a fun night because we are headed to the Victoria Night Market, which has great food, drinks, live music, and cool street vendor booths. After the R.A.'s at RMIT Village (where we're staying) want to take us out for a night on the town. They want to take us to a bar that serves Budweiser so "we'll feel comfortable." Ha. A little taste of home I suppose. Cheers!

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