Geoffrey Bolton Lecture 2022: Looking Upriver // Looking Downriver

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Dr. Julian Bolleter explores the evolving edges of urban river-space. How they're changing both with the ebb and flow of what is built along them, responding to the needs and aspirations of Perth dwellers, and so too, how the tides are literally turning.
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The Geoffrey Bolton lecture honours Geoffrey Bolton AO, Australian historian, academic and writer, and is an annual celebration of discovery and insight, informed and enriched by archives. The lecture is intended to allow for a diversity of voices and viewpoints to be heard in a respectful way and views expressed in the lecture are the speaker’s own.

In this two-part lecture, Producer Sarah Tout Interviews Dr Julian Bolleter, landscape architect, designer, and Co-Director of the Australian Urban Research Centre at the University of Western Australia.

In Part 1 of the lecture Dr. Julian Bolleter introduces us to a story spanning the last 100 years of designs along Perth’s Derbarl Yerrigan, the Swan River. Dr Bolleter discusses the different worlds that have existed and been dreamt along the river's edge. 

The lecture is intended to allow for a diversity of voices and viewpoints to be heard in a respectful way and views expressed in the lecture are the speaker’s own.

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Part 2, to be delivered in early 2023, looks ahead at what is coming with a focus on the impacts of climate change and the way past informs us about how we might respond.

The producer, presenter and State Records Office acknowledge that this podcast was created on Wadjuk Boodjar and pay our respects to Elders past and present, and their care for the Derbarl Yerrigan over millennia.

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