On the other hand may seem contradictory to touch the subject of Disney in a blog like this. Architects talking to several friends, not to mention my intention to write about this subject, the response has been quite unanimous: everyone remembers fondly his first childhood trip to Disney, which have not been critical of consumerism and the world which is totally unrealistic , but no go unnoticed this megaimperio emerged in the 50s. For most of us it is known that Disney fully represents what we call the “American way of life” in his films always win the good, the bad is punished and the future looks rosy. But try to forget this for a moment and focus on the design of EPCOT, which is what we share and discuss here.
Disney lived from 1901 to 1966, but in the early years of the 1960s, believed in the development of EPCOT as a city-experiment or as he himself called (and hence the name EPCOT): “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. ” In fact, the main reason that Disney had to build and focus all their energies to building Walt Disney World was to have a site on which to build your dream city below: EPCOT Center. Except that as we see in the files of drawings, plans and memories, EPCOT not as we know now, a theme park, but rather the original ideas intended to shape a project consisting of several elements that would fit within what is city ??of the future: community housing, airport, industrial park, etc., all designed with the most advanced technologies of those years. With Disney’s death in 1966 changed its utopian vision of by promoters and EPCOT Center so the current is too far from the plans that Disney had in mind.
The original plan had the capacity to house 20,000 inhabitants and was viewed as a test for city planning and organization. The design of circular and concentric around the shopping and business area, with service areas (schools, community buildings) and residential around the perimeter. Transport systems is akin to what today we can find in any modern city with concerns about energy: a system of trams and APM (automated people mover), while the roads and parking systems automakers remain underground to the surface was entirely pedestrian. System was expected based on the rental housing at low prices (¿public housing in America?) Rather than purchase. A project like this broke all the free-market schemes are the basis of capitalism in the U.S., so it is easy to imagine that it was impossible in those years to get funding for the project administrative permissions to begin construction.
In the press release sent by Walt Disney Productions in 1967, Disney says about EPCOT “It Will Never cease to be a blueprint of the future, Where people live a life Actually They can not find anywhere else today.”