The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Looking Towards The Future: The Zaha Hadid Pavilion

Burnham 100 Bulletin
Bold Plans Big Dreams
August 4, 2009


The much-anticipated Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects is officially open to the public this evening, Tuesday, August 4 in Millennium Park. Playing with shadow, light and space, the interior of the pavilion includes an immersive video by artist Thomas Gray. The film installation reflects Chicago's transformation and includes the voices of people throughout the region sharing their visions of the future. The video will begin playing after dusk. Zaha Hadid plans to visit Chicago in September, at which time a program at the Art Institute of Chicago is planned.

For a behind-the-scenes tour of the Burnham Pavilions, join professionals and staff involved in the project for Talks with the Team scheduled at 5:30 pm every other Wednesday through October. On August 5th Burnham Plan Centennial Executive Director Emily Harris, pavilion structural engineer Chris Rockey and Fabric Images Project Manager Gordon Hill will lead the tour. To view the full list of dates and speakers, click here.


Chicago Visionaries: From Burnham to Today
August 4, 6:00-8:00 pm
Chicago Public Library
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Street

One Book One Chicago, which this year features The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City by Carl Smith, kicks off with a program this evening featuring some of Chicago's most innovative thinkers- Carl Smith, author of The Plan of Chicago: Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City; Nichole Pinkard, Director of Innovation at the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute; architects Sarah Dunn and Martin Felson of UrbanLab and Archeworks; and Angela Hurlock, Director of Claretian Associates. Panelists invite you to join in a discussion of how to keep Chicago vital and vibrant in the 21st century. [MORE]

Invent the Future Workshops
Click here for full list of venues and dates
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

CMAP invites you to participate in the public-input phase of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional planning process at one of 50 Invent the Future workshops being held throughout the region. Using interactive software and keypad polling, attendees will express preferences about real-world choices that will shape the GO TO 2040 plan and our region's future. [MORE]

Stay Connected!

As things start to speed up this summer, be sure to keep up with all of the incredible things happening. To keep up to date and connect with us and others who share our vision, check our website often. You can also sign up for e-news and e-postcards by clicking here.

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