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Dr. Andrew Wood
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City of Domes

EPCOT Center
"It will be a planned, controlled community; a showcase for American industry and research, schools, cultural and educational opportunities. In EPCOT there will be no slum areas because we won't let them develop. There will be no landowners and therefore no voting control. People will rent houses instead of buying them, and at modest rentals. There will be no retirees, because everyone will be employed according to their ability. One of our requirements is that the people who live in EPCOT must help keep it alive."

- Walt Disney


Following the 1939-40 World's Fair, the rhetoric of authority opens wide the gates of tomorrow, but not for everyone. Even as superhighways, nuclear-powered cities, and gleaming appliances fill our cultural landscape, dystopian fears of totalitarianism have not been crushed with the defeat of Axis powers. The federal government has become a more significant force in public life than ever before. Thousands of suburban gardens bloom, but the subtle machinery of control grows just beneath America's well-manicured lawns.

Dr. Wood's Additional Resources

Beijing's Linked Hybrid

Enclave extremism [Notes on Cass R. Sunstein's essay]

San Francisco atrium hotels

Trade your trouble for a bubble

More Resources

The Original E.P.C.O.T. [Sebastien Barthe]

Image Credit

Aerial view of EPCOT by George Rester [modified by Herbert Ryman] image from Original E.P.C.O.T. website