The much-touted "smart skin facade" of RMIT University's "design and sustainability beacon" is up for replacement already, following potentially hazardous problems with tumbling glass parts.

The many thousands of individual glass discs on the “smart skin” facade of a landmark new RMIT University building are all slated for replacement, in a move that critics claim is motivated by quality defects as opposed to the incorporation of the latest technological advances. Work on RMIT’s $80 million Design Hub, located in…