“Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City” tells the story of Daniel Burnham’s life and achievements, as one of the most influential architects and planners in American history.
The film starts with the story of Burnham’s roots and upbringing, before an early career in commercial architecture offered a chance to plan and design the World’s Columbian Exhibition in Chicago in 1893. The “White City” created for that exhibition only lasted a summer, but Burnham’s celebrity afterward offered role in massive city planning and design efforts in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Manila and Baguio in the Philippines, Cleveland, and his hometown Chicago.
The life and achievements of Burnham also offer a chance to witness the application of the social agenda of the City Beautiful movement, of which Burnham was one of the most famous practitioners. The ideas put forward by Burnham and the City Beautiful movement are both controversial and influential to this day, and Burnham’s example calls planners and urban designers to confront the realities of today.
This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.