I've been invited by the Alliance Francaise to offer a lecture as part of the city-wide Burnham Centennial events. Having begun the year-long observation with the XMDW project (organized by the Chicago Architecture Club) it should be interesting to close the year thinking about the relationships between the Haussmann and Burnham plans and the resulting cities. Although Haussmann actually remade a huge part of Paris, Burnham's plan still hovers about us like a haint that can't rest. Never realized to any substantial degree, but still evoked to justify about any large-scale thinking about Chicago. Link to Alliance Francaise announcement.
Plan of Chicago Plate 127 Rendering by Jules Guerin, Courtesy Chicago History Museum