Linno and City Planningon December 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm
I’m not a city planner, and have no designs on being one but the city-state of Linno is a setting of my story. I didn’t realize until now how many things influenced or have had an effect on my thinking until I began paying attention to things I enjoyed as a kid. The design and layout of Linno is one where a there is an office and university building surrounded by housing, laid out in a circular fashion, all connected by different types of public transportation.
Even though I mulled over the look and reasoning of this place for a while, I settled on a design I thought was futuristic enough.
I little realized that nearly the same idea had been presented to the American public 45 years ago on television by Walt Disney. It must have nestled it’s way into my head as I grew up a fan of all things Disney.
I came to this realization after I took a trip to the Disney Family Museum with my wife and kids a couple days ago. I’ve been a couple times before and wrote about my impressions of the experience on a blog. It wasn’t until this most recent trip I made a connection between the original concept he had for Epcot and my own ideas for Linno.
Epcot originally stood for Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow and was Disney’s vision of the city of the future. Many of the things that EPCOT was to feature I also put into the design of Linno. EPCOT would have featured a high-rise building (a hotel) in the center of the metropolis. There would be a central shopping and entertainment district immediately surrounding the hotel and it would be completely covered in order to shield its residents from the elements as they walk from shop to shop. Farther away from the downtown area were the residential areas, reached by moving sidewalks, electric driverless cars, or monorails.
Really the only thing different between EPCOT’s design and my own (besides the cosmetic) is that Linno is entirely covered and that was done for solar power.
Apparently there are a lot of different ideas floating out there for “Cities of Tomorrow”. This is a good blog post on some of the more outlandish ones (including EPCOT).