School of Design

Boomtown 2050

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AUS $99.95 incl GST


452 pages





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Book cover of Boomtown 2050, by Richard Weller

The Western Australian capital, Perth, is the world’s most isolated city, in one of the world’s most precious biological regions. Already sprawled further than most major international cities, Perth is predicted to grow from 1.5 million people to 4.2 million by 2056.

To meet this increase the entire city and its infrastructure needs to double in the next four decades. This will have huge consequences for the culture and ecology of the city: Perth’s long term survival is at stake.

The result of a two-year research project headed by award-winning landscape architect Richard Weller, Boomtown 2050 is designed to help the community become informed and involved in the debate about how Perth should grow.

To date low density suburbia has served us well, but is it the right form of urbanism for the 21st century? This book goes well beyond the sprawl versus anti-sprawl debates and shows various ways the whole city could be creatively re-organised to suit the challenges of the 21st century.

With cutting-edge development scenarios that can be applied to any city experiencing rapid change, Boomtown 2050 is essential reading for all urban design professionals.


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