Walt Disney and the Quest for Community

Walt Disney and the Quest for Community

Steve Mannheim


in the course of the ultimate months of his existence, Walt Disney was once fed on with the world-wide difficulties of towns. His improvement proposal on the time of his dying on December fifteenth, 1966 will be his team’s conceptual reaction to the ills of the internal towns and the sprawl of the megalopolis: the “Experimental Prototype group of Tomorrow” or, because it grew to become identified, EPCOT. This superbly written, immediately engrossing quantity makes a speciality of the unique idea of EPCOT, which was once conceived through Disney as an experimental neighborhood of approximately 20,000 humans at the Disney international estate in primary Florida. With its radial plan, 50-acre city middle enclosed by means of a dome, themed foreign purchasing quarter, greenbelt, high-density flats, satellite tv for pc groups, monorail and underground roads, the unique EPCOT plan is such as post-war Stockholm and the British New cities, in addition to latest transit-oriented improvement conception. regrettably, Disney himself didn't stay lengthy sufficient to witness the belief of his “model city.” in spite of the fact that, EPCOT's evolution into initiatives akin to the EPCOT heart and the city of party screens a striking dedication by means of the Disney association to the unique EPCOT philosophy, one that maintains to have relevance within the fields of making plans and improvement.

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