Plan of Chicago:  Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City

Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City

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Arguably the most influential document in the history of urban planning, Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, coauthored by Edward Bennett and produced in collaboration with the Commercial Club of Chicago, proposed many of the city’s most distinctive features, including its lakefront parks and roadways, the Magnificent Mile, and Navy Pier.

In Plan of Chicago:  Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, Carl Smith reveals fascinating history of the Plan’s central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself.  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 habitable urban environment.

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.

Softcover | 184 pages | 62 halftones, 6 maps | 5.5 x 8.5