The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Lake Forest College, a co-educational, private liberal arts college located 30 miles north of Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1857 at the same time and by the same individuals who founded the City of Lake Forest. The College, while primarily an undergraduate institution, also offers the Master’s of Liberal Studies degree. We serve over 1,400 students from 45 states and 65 countries.

The Virtual Burnham Initiative emerges from new directions in the College’s American Studies Program—in partnership with Library and Information Technology—with support from faculty in the Anthropology and Education, and the College’s Center for Chicago Programs. This campus VBI coalition works to re-present the legacy of the Plan of Chicago in terms of both its historical origins and contemporary planning applications. This process mirrors the liberal arts mission to combine knowledge across disciplines and to prepare students to become innovative critical thinkers, who, like Burnham, will become leaders in their chosen fields.

Lake Forest College Press, with distribution from Northwestern University Press, wiill also publish Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region, by Joseph P. Schwieterman and Alan P. Mammoser.

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Centennial Activities

Beyond Burnham: An Illustrated History of Planning for the Chicago Region

Lake Forest College

In this 192-page book published by Lake Forest College Press, Joseph P. Schwieterman–director of the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University–and Alan P. Mammoser–a Chicago-based writer and regional planner–provide a fascinating account of a century of visionary planning for metropolitan Chicago. [MORE]

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The World According to Burnham and Bennett: Virtual Burnham Initiative Roll-out

Lake Forest College

Century in Motion Festival:  Join Lake Forest College for a fast-paced “virtual tour” of Burnham and Bennett’s Chicago. We will see flat images from the 1909 Plan of Chicago evolve into fascinating 3-D models and learn how the Virtual Burnham Initiative is encouraging participants to create structures from the past and develop visions for the future of our region. [MORE]

Virtual Burnham Initiative

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest College’s Virtual Burnham Initiative (VBI) will transform key elements of the 1909 Plan of Chicago into 3-D models accessible through the ever-popular Google Earth. [MORE]

Monday, June 15, 2009

Virtual Burnham Initiative: Web Launch!

Lake Forest College


We bring you the City that Never Was.

The Virtual Burnham Initiative (VBI) transforms a selection of flat images from the 1909 Plan of Chicago—by Daniel H. Burnham and Edward H. Bennett into 3-D models accessible through the VBI website and navigable in Google Earth.  [MORE]


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