In effect, Walt Disney adopts a similar approach to urban design as Jane Jacobs. Both non-trained urban designers, they developed a view of urban development that was well ahead of their time. Both were in favor of bottom-up, community-focused grass-root developments. In their view, top-down urban planning destroys communities and curbs creativity. By giving people the freedom to explore, interact and shape their own community better places to live can be created. It is remarkable that notions of bottom-up and grassroots development are just recently finding their way into mainstream urban planning. In addition, the ideas of self-organization are presently spreading throughout many fields of science under the name of “complexity theory”.
Urban Design: Walt Disney and Jane Jacobs | Sustainable Cities Collective