Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Burnham Plan

Have you heard about The Burnham Plan? To find out more, you could follow the link or you can read the quick & painless summary I've written below:

Who? What? When? Where? Why?
  • One hundred years ago, Daniel H. Burnham & Edward H. Bennett created the 1909 Plan of Chicago to develop a more beautiful city. The plan encompassed not only the city of Chicago, but the entire area within a 60 mile radius. The plan involved, among other things, transportation infrastructure, conservation of energy & water, and the expansion of public spaces. Now, in 2009, bold plans are being created for the next 100 years.
This is the final post about my trip to Millennium Park in Chicago. The park currently features an exhibit known as the Burnham Pavilions, which will run until October 31st. These temporary pavilions have been created to honour the "forward looking spirit of the Plan of Chicago".

Burnham Pavilion by UNStudio
Principal Architect: Ben van Berkel
Material: A steel skeleton supports plywood
ribs and skin covered in reflective paint.

Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects
Princicpal Architect: Zaha Hadid
Material: Aluminum covered by tensioned fabric.

Interior of the Zaha Hadid Burnham Pavilion

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