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“One Book” about Daniel Burnham

The Chicago Public Library has announced that its selection for this fall’s One Book, One Chicago citywide book club is The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, by Northwestern University prof Carl Smith. One Book, One Chicago events take place in September and October, but you can dive into […]

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The Plan of Chicago: Centennial Edition

As noted in Lynn Becker’s cover piece this week, the Great Books Foundation has published a centennial edition of Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett’s Plan of Chicago. The paperback version ($39.95) is a 9″x12″ thing of beauty, with lots of full-color illustrations and reproductions of sepia-toned photographs. There’s also a hardcover “collector’s” edition that goes […]

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On plans big and little

[Kind of a repost. Getting worked like a speedbag today.] “Make no little plans” – Daniel Burnham. Or not. It’s a pernicious little quote because there’s nothing qualitative about it – it demands that plans only be not little (I’m unaware of Burnham’s official position on medium-sized plans). But Burnham said a lot of other […]

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Imagine that

Daniel Burnham’s old chestnut about “little plans” is all over the 2016 materials and the dailies’ defenses of the Olympics. But Burnham had a few other things to say about Chicago and plans that are worth keeping in mind.