Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The City Beautiful Movement

The Chicago World’s Fair played a key role in the creation of the City Beautiful movement.  At the core of the fair was an area that quickly became known as the White City for its buildings with white stucco siding and its streets illuminated by electric lights. Buildings and monuments by Charles McKim, Daniel Burnham, Augusts Saint-Gaudens and Richard Morris Hunt and lush landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of New York’s Central Park, left a lasting impression on municipal planners looking for a way to bring open spaces and grand public buildings into crowded cities. Chicago itself was one of the first cities to adopt aspects of the new City Beautiful movement. Dozens of other cities across the country followed its lead, most notably Washington, D.C., where by 1902 plans were in place for a redesign of the city center that would result in the creation of the National Mall and its surrounding monuments.

How did the City Beautiful movement change the way we view American Cities?

Monday, November 21, 2016


Do you have what it takes to be the next Daniel Burnham?

Can you build the next great 'American Metropolis?'

You have been assigned to create a new city in a recently discovered region that is prime for development! Rank the 18 urban aspects at your disposal to build your city, but only the proper order will achieve the highest ranking: a teeming Cityscape! Good Luck!