Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City | Chicago Reader

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City

The preeminent American architect at the turn of the 20th century, Daniel Burnham created hundreds of major buildings with his partner, John Wellborn Root, and as a city planner he designed Baguio City in the Philippines and organized the 1909 Plan of Chicago that helped keep the lakefront accessible to all. This documentary by Judith Paine McBrien offers some engaging details about Burnham: a childhood report card called him "too slow about everything," and his planned redesign of San Francisco was abandoned after the 1906 earthquake. McBrien never manages to characterize Burnham's architecture aesthetically or contextualize it historically, but she incorporates the designs and palettes of Burnham's Plan of Chicago drawings into the video's visual style, suggesting that the architect's influence is still with us. 59 min.

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