The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Beyond Burnham Lunchtime Lecture Series

In January 2009, the Regional & Urban Design Knowledge Community of AIA Chicago starts a year-long lunchtime lecture series of programs around the major themes of the Plan of Chicago.  The series is open to AIA Chicago members and others. Bring your lunch; beverages are  provided.

The Plan and Its Influence (January 14, 2009): The series will begin with an historic overview of Burnham and his work in Chicago and around the world. Carl Smith, professor at Northwestern University and author of The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (2006), will be our first speaker.


Regional Transportation (February 11, 2009):  Daniel Burnham addressed improving railway terminals and reducing railroad congestion in the 1909 Plan of Chicago. Rick Harnish, executive director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, will update us on current efforts to bring high speed rail to Chicago and the Midwest. Recent progress in California and in Europe will also be discussed, and how these successes might be applied here in Illinois. (February 11, 2009)


Protecting Natural Resources (March 11, 2009): Daniel Burnham envisioned a regional system of forest preserves and parkways in the 1909 Plan of Chicago. In 2009, conservation efforts are informed by a greater understanding of ecosystems and the water resource impacts of contemporary development patterns.  Landscape architect James Patchett, president of Conservation Design Forum, will discuss the scientific and philosophical foundation of sustainable planning, and present case studies that illustrate how to apply sustainable water management practices through integrated design.

Program Partner

AIA Chicago

The American Institute of Architects, Chicago Chapter, is the largest organization of licensed architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals within Illinois. It is the second largest AIA chapter in the country. Of the 83,000 AIA members across the country, over 3,000 belong to the ...[MORE]

This program was offered on these dates:
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 noon to 1:00pm
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 noon to 1:00pm
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 noon to 1:00pm

AIA Chicago

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost: Free to AIA Chicago members; $15 for non-members. Space is limited. Register at

Contact: Joan Pomaranc, 312.376.2720,


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