Dr Julian Bolleter
Started UWA: 2012
Won the Margaret Medcalf Award for research for his book Take me to the River: The Story of Perth’s Foreshore, 2016
Honourable mention, International Planning History Society book prize for the most innovative book in planning history, 2016
Won the Western Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Gold Medal Award for his co-authored book Made in Australia: the future of Australian cities, 2014
Take Me to the River: Perth Water Schemes
The ghost cities of Australia: new city proposals and their lessons for Australia’s 21st century development
This project will explore the failed visions for new cities in Australia since Federation in 1901 to understand what pragmatic and psychological barriers exist to making new cities. The lessons from these relative failures are important because if projections for Australia’s 21st century population growth are borne out, we will need to build new cities this century.
Barriers to medium density
This project aims to better understand the barriers mid-tier developers and builders experience in delivering coordinated medium-density development on infill sites in Perth, and develop strategies to mitigate these barriers where possible. The objective is to address the ‘missing middle’ in current dwelling provision. This will help deliver the ‘missing middle’ in urban densification and avoid further urban sprawl.
Refuge City, a new kind of city for our times
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world. Nonetheless, in recent times many Australians have come to regard population growth, and particularly immigration, as a problem – at best – to be solved.Read more
New cities: an idea worth thinking about for Australia
Is there a case for revisiting the idea of new cities for Australia in the light of recent population projections and resurgent debate about the implications of a big Australia?Read more
Dr Bolleter treats his students as colleagues to empower them to aim for exceptional results. By sharing his knowledge with students in a collaborative manner, his students grow more curious about the outdoor environment and leave UWA with practical knowledge and experience.
Dr Bolleter believes interacting with students exposes teachers to different ways of thinking about a research or design problem. His teaching was recognised in his nomination for a UWA Excellence in Teaching Award.
He teaches the unit, Design Studio – Future Making.