Saturday, September 4, 2010

Daniel Burnham and the American City

Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston,...Image via Wikipedia
"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, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistency. Remember that our sons and grandsons are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty."

Daniel H. Burnham (1845-1912)

Few dreamers have had more impact on the American city than Daniel Hudson Burnham. He built some of the first skyscrapers in the world; directed construction of the World's Columbian Exposition that helped inspire the City Beautiful Movement in towns across America; and created urban plans for San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, Cleveland, and Manila and Baguio City in the Philippines all before the modern profession of urban planning existed. Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City is the first film to explore Burnham's fascinating career and complex legacy as public debate continues today about how and for whom cities are planned.

PBS stations around the country are supposedly airing Make No Little Plans on Labor Day, September 6. However, Oregon Public Broadcasting's schedule lists the following air times:

Wed, Sep 15, 1:00 am (OPB HD)
Fri, Sep 17, 1:00 am (OPB Plus)
Wed, Oct 20, 11:00 pm  (OPB HD)
Fri, Oct 22, 4:00 am

Guess I'll be recording one of these showings; I'm no night owl!

Check out the trailer for Make No Little Plans at the link below:
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Tom Haydon said...

"Make No Little Plans" is on five times on OPB over the next month or so. Here's the program's schedule:

-Tom Haydon

Randy Nishimura, AIA said...


That's good news! Thanks for the info.