Designing Disney's theme parks: the architecture of reassurance

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Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1997 - Gardening - 223 pages
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Uniting a roster of authors chosen from wide-ranging disciplines, this study is the first to examine the influence of Disneyland on both our built environment and our architectural imagination. Tracing the relationship of the Disney parks to their historical forebears, it charts Disneyland's evolution from one man's personal dream to a multinational enterprise, a process in which the Disney "magic" has moved ever closer to the real world. Editor Karal Ann Marling, Professor of Art History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota, draws upon her pioneering work in the Disney archives to reconstruct and analyze the intentions and strategies behind the parks. She is joined by Marty Sklar, Vice Chairman and Principal Creative Executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, historian Neil Harris, art historian Erika Doss, geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, critic Greil Marcus, and architect Frank Gehry to provide a unique perspective on one of the great post-war American icons.

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This is a really lovely book which critically examines the architectural principles behind the design of Disneyland.

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This book was fascinating and offered a great new perspective on the parks for a longtime visitor of both. That said, I will agree that it was pretty dense in some places and a few of the terms may ... Read full review


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Karal Ann Marling is the author or co-author of more than thirty books on American topics, including three New York Times "Notable Books of the Year." A recipient of the Minnesota Humanities Commission Award and the Minnesota Book Award, she has always taken a keen interest in the culture of our state; her Looking North was published by Afton Historical Society Press in 2003. Professor Marling has taught Art History and American Studies at the University of Minnesota for 30 years.

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