EPCOT: the Once and Future City

17 12 2007

 

Did you know that Florida’s Disney World theme park was originally planned as one small element of a new metropolis known as “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT)?” It would have been home to 20,000 people living in high and low density housing, organised in a radial pattern around a completely enclosed and climate-controlled hub. Cars and trucks would have passed the city below ground (no traffic at ground level), with the main mode of transport being light rail, in the guise of various forms of monorail.

Suffice it to say, the project, scheduled to open in 1970, died in the arse. All that remains are an Epcot theme park and the planned community Celebration. A shame. It would have made a great setting for a William Gibson novel.

You can see the plans for EPCOT, along with some fantastic examples of retro-futuristic art, in this video shot shortly before Disney’s death.

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