The Swan River has been flowing the same course for some sixty million years. This book traces the relationship of European-Australian culture to this ancient river system. This historical narrative is viewed through the lens of schemes proposed for Perth’s foreshore, the city’s symbolic front garden.
The foreshore has been contentious since the first plan for Perth was drawn up, and has subsequently acted as a sinkhole for hundreds of proposals. An investigation of this archaeological stratum of foreshore drawings allows us to understand changing ideas of what Perth was, what it could have been, and indeed what it can be.
Won - 2016 Margaret Medcalf Award
Won - 2016 Western Australian Landscape Architecture Awards (Research, Policy and Communication)
Highly Commended - 2016 Bates Smart Award for Architecture in the Media
Praise for Take me to the River:
This fascinating book uncovers hundreds of ‘lost’ proposals for Perth’s foreshore – and sets out a compelling vision for how the city should relate to its river in the 21st century. It is essential reading for those who have a stake in the future of Perth and the Swan River.JANET HOLMES À COURT AC
This is urban scholarship at its best.CATHERIN BULL, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AUSTRALIA
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