Make No Little Plans

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City premiered September 2010.
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"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work."
— Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912)
"Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late 19th century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world; directed construction of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition that inspired the City Beautiful Movement; and created urban plans for Washington DC, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Manila.."


As a City Planner who grew up in Chicago, I admire his creativity and success in leading the planning and development of cities and major improvements. He made a few mistakes along the way but we enjoy the legacy of his leadership and vision.