The Plan of Chicago
Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American CityeBook - 2006
Arguably the most influential document in the history of urban planning, Daniel BurnhamOCOs 1909 "Plan of Chicago," coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the cityOCOs most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier. Carl SmithOCOs fascinating history reveals the "Plan"OCOs central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself.a
SmithOCOs concise and accessible narrative begins with a survey of ChicagoOCOs stunning rise from a tiny frontier settlement to the nationOCOs second-largest city. He then offers an illuminating exploration of the "Plan"OCOs creation and reveals how it embodies the renowned architectOCOs belief that cities can and must be remade for the better. The "Plan "defined the City Beautiful movement and was the first comprehensive attempt to reimagine a major American city. Smith points out the ways the "Plan" continues to influence debates, even a century after its publication, about how to create a vibrant and habitableaurban environment.a
Richly illustrated and incisively written, his insightful book will be indispensable to our understanding of Chicago, Daniel Burnham, and the emergence of the modern city."
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We've had a lot of great conversations over the years through our One Book, One Chicago program. Since 2001, we've explored over 20 different books through our book clubs, events, and programming - maybe you've read some of them with us? Everyone seems to have an opinion on what their favorite and least favorite One Book selection has been, but no matter which ones you loved the most, the… (more)