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

ISBN-10: 0226764729
ISBN-13: 9780226764726
Edition: 2007
Authors: Carl Smith
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

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. Carl Smith's fascinating history reveals the "Plan"'s central role in shaping the ways people envision the cityscape and urban life itself. His concise and accessible narrative begins with a survey of Chicago's stunning rise from a tiny frontier settlement to the nation's second-largest city. He then offers an illuminating exploration of the "Plan"'s creation and reveals how it embodies the renowned architect's belief that cities can and must be remade for the better. 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, this insightful book will be indispensable to our understanding of Chicago, Burnham, and the emergence of the modern city. "An imaginative, beautifully produced, and visually appealing masterpiece of stirring prose and stunning illustration. . . . Carl Smith's book is a concise, splendidly accessible, and beautifully constructed introduction to a seminal work of American urban planning and its enduring influence on Chicago and other American cities."--William Bryk, "New York" "Sun"

Carl Smith is the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and professor of history at Northwestern University. His books include three prize-winning volumes: Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920; Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief: The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman; and The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City, the latter two published by the University of Chicago Press.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Planning Before the Plan
Antecedents and Inspirations
The City the Planners Saw
The Plan Comes Together
Creating the Plan
Reading the Plan
Promotion
Implementation
Heritage
Bibliographical Essay
Index

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