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Work finished almost immediately to devise an overall plan for the city. An international competition was held, and won by an young American architect Walter Burley-Griffin. Griffin's plan was to establish Canberra as a collection of local "town centers" placed amongst the hills of the region, and connected by convenient routes. The design of central Canberra also focused strongly on interconnecting circles Although Burley-Griffin imagined Canberra as a city designed about the future use of automobiles, a driver has had reason to curse him for constructing roads that can so easily confound ones natural sense of direction! Burley-Griffin's plan also called for an artificial lake (which now bears his name), the plans for parliament was not to stay there for a long time it was a temporary parliament
From the original centuries of Canberra, Belconnen and Woden, the city now extends south into the Tuggeranong Valley and east into New South Wales and the town of Queanbeyan. Aside from Federal Parliament and it's associated departments, the city has benefited from the establishment of the Australian National University in 1945, the Australian Defence Force Academy, the National Gallery, and several other institutions.