The making of Chicago

By ABC By Design
This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of American architect Daniel Burham's master plan for the city of Chicago. The detailed plan for a monumental lakefront metropolis of boulevards, parks and grand buildings has been heralded as the most effective example of large scale urban planning America has ever seen. So to discuss what made Burnham's plan so successful and just how much of it was realised?
22 April 2009


ABC Radio National’s By Design is a program about how we shape our world - a vibrant show about people and the things that surround us.
From the cities and buildings we live in to the cars we drive and clothes we wear, the program deals with architecture and material culture, the politics of the built environment and design - all through the prism of our daily lives.
It explains how, through the creative process, human ideas take on tangible form and designers reinvent the world to keep pace with its changing needs and desires, lifting the quality of our lives.
The program explores how design -- the way things look, feel and function -- reflects social change; what the decisions we make as consumers of architecture and everyday objects tell us about who we are.