- Hugh Stretton, "Ideas for Australian Cities", Transit Australia Publishing, Sydney 2002 (1970)
type of New Town:
> scale of autonomy
Belconnen is the largest of the New Town satellites built in extension to the capital Canberra in the 60s. It consists of 25 suburbs, the majority of them characterised by detached single-family homes and some medium density multi-unit housing on suburban blocks. The University of Canberra is located in the central suburb of Bruce. The suburban area of Canberra did not make use of traffic principles as radical as seen with the British New Towns. In most of Belconnen's suburbs a semi-circle connected to most of the neighbourhoods runs around a centre with schools and shops. The road system of the neighbourhoods kind of combines unsymmetrical fishbone and triangular structures, and the green paths do not connect to each other or to the green spaces.