The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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You're invited (Free) as UAA Opens Its Burnham Panels

Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
March 2, 2009
You're invited (Free) as UAA Opens Its
Burnham Panels

Be there as world experts consider Burnham's Chicago and its future during the first-ever Chicago meeting of the international Urban Affairs Association (UAA) on March 5 and 6. The UAA is for the first time allowing the public free of charge to join its 800 international scholars for nine Burnham Centennial panels at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel, downtown at the southwest corner of State Street and Wacker Drive.

There is no need to RSVP, just show up at any or all of the Burnham panels listed below.


Thurs, Mar 05, 11:15 AM-12:25 PM, Grand Ballroom (2nd Fl)
Plenary: Daniel Burnham and Urban Planning: Then and Now

Convener: Adele Simmons (Vice Chair Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, Senior Executive and Vice Chair of Chicago Metropolis 2020)

  • Scott Bernstein (President, Center for Neighborhood Technology)
  • Carl Abbott (Professor, Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University)
  • Carl Smith (Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies, Northwestern University)

Thurs, Mar 05, 8:00 AM-9:25 AM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)

Assessing the State of Urban Theory: The View from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago (Chicago Special Track Session)

Moderator: Dennis Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • "Informal City": The Contested Conditions of Everyday Life in Belfast, Chicago, and Kolkata; David Perry (University of Illinois at Chicago), Frank Gaffikin (University of Ulster), Ratoola Kundu (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • The LA School and Politics of Noir: Bringing the State Back In; Steve Erie (University of California, San Diego), Scott McKenzie (University of California, San Diego)
  • The New Chicago School of Urbanism and the New Daley Machine; Dick Simpson (University of Illinois at Chicago), Tom Kelly (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Thurs, Mar 05, 9:45 AM-11:10 AM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
Burnham's Cities: Global Legacies and Influence from the First Generation of Global Urban Planners (Chicago Special Track Colloquy Session)

Moderator: John A. Shuler (University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • John A. Shuler (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Charles J. Hoch (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Joseph P. Schwieterman (DePaul University)

Thurs, Mar 05, 2:00 PM-3:25 PM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
Urban Anchor Institutions as Sources of Urban Development in the New Century (Chicago Special Track Colloquy Session)

Moderator: Rosalind Greenstein (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy)

  • Wim Wiewel (Portland State University)
  • Terry Mazany (Chicago Community Trust)
  • Eugenie Birch (University of Pennsylvania)

Thurs, Mar 05, 3:45 PM-5:10 PM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
Building Chicago's Spectacular: From Burnham to Daley (Chicago Special Track Colloquy Session)

Moderators: Dennis R. Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Costas Spirou (National-Louis University in Chicago)

  • Dennis R. Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Costas Spirou (National-Louis University in Chicago)
  • Ed Uhlir (Director of Planning, Architecture, and Landscape--Millennium Park)
  • Perry R. Duis (University of Illinois at Chicago)

Fri, Mar 06, 9:30 AM-10:55 AM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
Mixed-Income Development in the U.S.: Dynamics on the Ground (Chicago Special Track Session)

Moderator: Amy Khare (University of Chicago)

  • Social Norms and Social Control: Uses and Expectations of Space and Place in Mixed-Income Communities; Robert Chaskin (University of Chicago), Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University)
  • The Consequences of Diversity: Race and Class Cleavages in Mixed-Income Neighborhoods; Laura Tach (Harvard University)
  • The Contours of Mixed-Income Living in the Music City; James Fraser (Vanderbilt University), Karl Jones (Vanderbilt University), Josh Bazuin (Vanderbilt University)
  • Longer-Term Outcomes in a Mixed-Income Development: Evidence from Seattle; Rachel Garshick Kleit (University of Washington)

Fri, Mar 06, 11:20 AM-12:45 PM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
Chicago...Not as It Has Been, But as It's Becoming (Chicago Special Track Colloquy Session)

Moderator: Larry Bennett (DePaul University)

  • Allert Brown-Gort (University of Notre Dame)
  • Roberta Garner (DePaul University)
  • John Koval (University of Notre Dame)
  • Mary Pattillo (Northwestern University)
  • Scott Waguespack (Alderman-32nd Ward, City of Chicago)

Fri, Mar 06, 2:05 PM-3:30 PM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
The Mixed-Income Strategy in Chicago: What Are We Learning? (Chicago Special Track Colloquy Session)

Moderator: Mark Joseph (Case Western Reserve University)

  • Andy Geer (Executive Director, Heartland Housing, Inc.)
  • Danielle Walters (Executive Director, Stateway Community Partners)
  • Daisy Black (Director of Property Management, The Community Builders, Inc.)
  • Robin Snyderman (Vice President of Community Development, Metropolitan Planning Council)

Fri, Mar 06, 3:50 PM-5:15 PM, Renaissance A (3rd Fl)
The City of Civil Society: The Enfranchisement of Chicago's Non-Profit Sector (Chicago Special Track Colloquy Session)

Moderator: Rachel Weber (University of Illinois at Chicago)

  • Alejandra Ibanez (Pilsen Alliance)
  • David Omotoso Stovall (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Jay Travis (Kenwood Oakland Community Organization)
  • Charity Tolliver (Southside Together Organizing for Power)
  • Winifred Curran (DePaul University)


New Yorker Knickerbocker Tips Top Hat to Burnham's 100th

The March edition of the New Yorker magazine acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the Plan of Chicago with an article by Paul Goldberger. The piece quotes Frank Lloyd Wright calling Chicago the only American city to have transformed its waterfront into a public asset, and giving Burnham credit for the bold vision acknowledged by the magazine's tip of the hat. [MORE]

Beautiful Legacy Booklet Now Available On-line

The Burnham Plan Centennial Committee and its founding sponsors The Chicago Community Trust and the Elizabeth Morse Trust & Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust are happy to post online Dennis McClendon's beautiful and insightful 20-page booklet "The Plan of Chicago: A Regional Legacy." By clicking on the following link, adults and children can quickly develop an appreciation for how the 1909 Plan of Chicago transformed the Chicago metropolitan region. [MORE]

This Is Big: Energized Burnham Centennial Partners Network

An energized, smart and enthusiastic network of Burnham proportions has come together. A thousand points of vision are being networked together by hundreds of Burnham Plan Centennial partner organization throughout our three-state region. Centennial central staff is daily more amazed and excited by the creative thinking from an enormously diverse community engaged in building a great future. The Chicago Loop Alliance is preparing to make a major Burnham statement on State Street in March. And the Chicago Architectural Foundation has a broad spectrum of Burnham programs throughout the year.

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Download the Plan of Chicago: A Regional Legacy booklet for a deeper perspective on why the Burnham Plan is so important to the city and surrounding areas.

Find out more about our over 250 Program Partners and their plans for the Centennial.

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Check the Burnham Plan Centennial Web site on a regular basis. New Partner activities are being added all the time. Plus there are always a lot of really interesting things to keep your inner Burnham stirred up and ready to make "Bold Plans and Big Dreams." [MORE]

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