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Plan of Chicago

Author: Daniel Hudson Burnham; Edward H Bennett; Charles Moore; Commercial Club of Chicago.
Publisher: New York : Princeton Architectural Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It may not be an exaggeration to say that modern urban planning began with Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett's Plan of Chicago. This landmark text, published in 1909, revolutionized urban design. Adopted by the city of Chicago, the plan had a major impact on its development, particularly that of the Lake Shore. This reprint makes available a book that still holds valuable lessons for today's architects and
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Hudson Burnham; Edward H Bennett; Charles Moore; Commercial Club of Chicago.
ISBN: 1878271415 9781878271419
OCLC Number: 27811763
Notes: Originally published: Chicago : Commercial Club, 1909.
Previous ed. cataloged under the Commercial Club of Chicago.
Description: xvi, xviii, 164 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
Contents: Fabric of city life: the social agenda in Burnham's draft of the Plan of Chicago / Kristen Schaffer --
Origin of the plan of Chicago --
City planning in ancient and modern times --
Chicago, the metropolis of the middle west --
The Chicago Park system --
Transportation --
Streets within the city --
The heart of Chicago --
Plan of Chicago --
Appendix: Legal aspects of the plan of Chicago.
Responsibility: Daniel H. Burnham, Edward H. Bennett ; edited by Charles Moore ; with a new introduction by Kristen Schaffer.
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"It may not be an exaggeration to say that modern urban planning began with Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett's Plan of Chicago. This landmark text, published in 1909, revolutionized urban design. Adopted by the city of Chicago, the plan had a major impact on its development, particularly that of the Lake Shore. This reprint makes available a book that still holds valuable lessons for today's architects and planners. The most visible document of the City Beautiful movement, the plan was also a hard-headed and practical approach to the problems of modern-day city planning. It detailed proposals for circulation, transportation facilities, civic buildings, and parks.

Plan of Chicago reproduces all 143 plates from the original, 48 in color. It also contains a plate of City Hall, rendered in color by Jules Guérin, that was omitted from the 1909 edition. Kristen Schaffer's new introduction examines Burham's handwritten draft of the book focusing on those parts that were edited out of the publication, to suggest a reinterpretation of the plan."--Jacket.

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The wider public will find this recent edition powerful for addressing many issues of city formation still of relevance today. Kevin Harrington, Design Book Review

 
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