Monday, June 7, 2010

Upside Down Burnham

"He[Witold Rybczynski] concluded by paraphrasing the great urban planner Daniel Burnham: "Make no big plans, only small ones."

"Keynote: The Urbanist," Interview with Witold Rybczynski, by Marc Steiner, Urbanite, June 2010, no 72, pp 35-37.

I don't think Rybczyski's Burnham quote was an act of paraphrasing -- more like standing Daniel Burnham on his head. It had to be done.

"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. Think big."

Daniel Burnham, Chicago architect. (1846-1912)

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