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Architecture Bus Tour: Dirk Bolt

All architecture and design enthusiasts are invited to join our unique architecture tour of the work of Dutch-born architect, Dirk Bolt. Join DESIGN Canberra’s specialists on an exciting guided bus tour and visit Bolt’s unique legacy projects in Canberra.

Bolt studied architecture at the Delft University of Technology and moved to Australia in 1951. He finished his qualifications as an architect and town planner at Hobart Technical College. Bolt is known for his Australian postmodernist architecture and his later career as an academic and consultant. He applied sustainable, equitable and humane principles to town planning.

In Canberra, where he worked between 1964 and 1971, he also consulted to the National Capital Development Commission, providing advice on planning of the growing capital.

In the 1970s, he worked for international development organisations in Africa and Asia, including the UN Office of Technical Cooperation. He consulted to many agencies and governments on planning, development and sustainability. He was later appointed Senior Lecturer in Urban Design at the University of Auckland, where he received a PhD in town planning in 1984. His thesis was concerned with sustainable, equitable and humane town planning. In 1987, he returned to the Netherlands and later became professor and head of Urban Planning at the University of Twente.

Dirk Bolt is an honorary fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects and past president of the ACT division of the Australian Planning Institute. His Canberra projects reveal a progressive approach to residential architecture, employing a simple pallet of materials and structurally expression to achieve bold forms and refined interior spaces.

 

This tour will pick-up and drop-off from Civic Square.

Spaces are limited. Book now!

 

Selected Civic Square festival programs have been made possible with support from the ACT Government under the City Renewal Authority’s City Grants program

Architecture Bus Tour: Dirk Bolt
Sat 23 Nov 2019
Past event
Dirk Bolt, Torrens Neighborhood Centre. Photo: Archives ACT, 2011/2231 - Land Development - Planning - National Capital Commission Commercial Centres M-Z
Dirk Bolt, Torrens Neighborhood Centre. Photo: Archives ACT, 2011/2231 - Land Development - Planning - National Capital Commission Commercial Centres M-Z