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News - November 2008

Celebrating Burnham in Adamson

Date Posted: Nov 2, 2008 at 07:10:57 AM

Adamson University’s College of Architecture is co-organizing with De Paul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development a conference on “Celebrating Burnham” slated on December 5, 2008 at the OZ-AVR. Arch. Jean Cornejo, Dean of the College of Architecture, is coordinating the schedule, activities, and progress of the conference.


Tentative topics and activities for the conference are:


  • Community Collaboration to Urban Renewal – Fr. Atilano Fajardo;
  • Relating Burnham with St. Vincent de Paul - Dr. Marco Tavanti;
  • Presentation of the Burnham Celebration in Chicago and how it represents an occasion for urban renewal – Ms. Liz Wilp;
  • Plan of the City of Manila and what has become of the city – Arch. Paulo Alcazaren
  • Plan of the City of Baguio and what has become of the city;
  • Synthesis;
  • Open Forum in between sessions


Other schools invited to this event are University of Santo Tomas, Mapua Institute of Technology, Far Eastern University, Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila, Manuel L. Quezon University, Polytechnic University of the Philippine, Technological University of the Philippines, National University, Feati University, Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pilipinas, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Central Colleges of the Philippines, St. Louis University, Baguio University of the Cordilleras, De La Salle - Dasmariñas, University of Bicol, Bulacan State University, Tarlac State University.


For more details on this event, please visit http://burnhammeetsvincentdepaul.blogspot.com. The blog interestingly mentions ‘examples of the connection between the Burnham plans for Chicago and Manila, and between the Vincentian universities—De Paul University, Chicago, and Adamson University, Manila. It includes reflections and observations of professors and students engaged in urban poverty reduction programs coordinated by the Vincentian Center for Social Responsibility in Manila.’


Daniel Hudson Burham (1846 – 1912) was an American architect and urban planner. He directed the works for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1892 and designed several famous buildings in Chicago, New York City and Washington D.C. He was well-known and criticized for his neoclassical architectural style inspired by classic Greek and Roman constructions. His greatest contribution was, however, in urban planning which produced with Edward H. Bennett the ambitious 1909 Plan of Chicago, the results of previous urban planning projects in Cleveland, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Manila and Baguio in the Philippines.