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Walt Disney and the quest for community

Author: Steve Mannheim
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2002.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Mannheim, Steve, 1962-
Walt Disney and the quest for community.
Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2002
(DLC) 2002074730
(OCoLC)49976866
Named Person: Walt Disney; Walt Disney
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Mannheim
ISBN: 9780754680253 0754680258
OCLC Number: 320322738
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 199 p.) : ill., maps
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Physical planning --
Transportation : the end of 'Autopia' --
Architecture and construction --
Site and technology --
Landscaping --
Economic analysis and finance --
Marketing --
Regulation and community governance/social planning --
Operations and management --
EPCOT after Disney.
Responsibility: Steve Mannheim.

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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.

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