During the final months of his life, Walt Disney was consumed with the world-wide problems of cities. His development concept at the time of his death on December 15th, 1966 would be his team's conceptual response to the ills of the inner cities and the sprawl of the megalopolis: the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow or, as it became known, EPCOT.
This beautifully written, instantly engrossing volume focuses on the original concept of EPCOT, which was conceived by Disney as an experimental community of about 20,000 people on the Disney World property in central Florida. With its radial plan, 50-acre town center enclosed by a dome, themed international shopping area, greenbelt, high-density apartments, satellite communities, monorail and underground roads, the original EPCOT plan is reminiscent of post-war Stockholm and the British New Towns, as well as today's transit-oriented development theory.
Unfortunately, Disney himself did not live long enough to witness the realization of his model city. However, EPCOT's evolution into projects such as the EPCOT Center and the town of Celebration displays a remarkable commitment by the Disney organization to the original EPCOT philosophy, one which continues to have relevance in the fields of planning and development.
Steve Mannheim holds a Bachelor's degree in History and Urban Studies from Stanford University, USA. His Master's in Architecture and Urban Planning was earned at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also holds a Doctorate in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. Mannheim consults in the area of real estate economics and has served as an adjunct instructor at California State University, Northridge.
Contents: Concept: Physical planning; Transportation: the end of autopia ; Architecture and construction. Site: Site and technology; Landscaping. Economics and marketing: economic analysis and finance; Marketing. Regulation and Governance: Regulation and community governance/social planning; Operations and management; EPCOT after Disney; Bibliography; Index.