Colonel Light Gardens, Australia, Australia
 
 
Year1917latitude: -34° 58'
longitude: 138° 35'
Period
Initiator(s)
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)Charles Reade
Design organization
Inhabitants3,000 (2006)
Target population
Town website
Town related linksColonel Light Gardens Historical Society Inc., http://users.chariot.net.au/~pknight/clghs/
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type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
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In 1916 the South Australian Government engaged its (and Australia's) first town planner Charles Reade, a New Zealand journalist experienced in the British garden cities movement. The year after Reade designed South Australia's showpiece of urban planning after the garden city ideals: Colonel Light Gardens. The suburb is locatated six km from Adelaide. Its planning principles follows the classical garden cities movement and features wide, tree-lined cul-de-sac streets, rounded street corners, and a lot of open space. The style of the first 60 houses, built in 1924, reflected the popular preference for Californian bungalows.
Colonel Light Gardens have remained substantially unchanged since the 20s, where it was build out on the Labor Government's initiative. Today nearly none of the 1200 dwellings are unoccupied. More than 3000, most of them employed car owners, are living there.

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