And, Like The Fairs, Reflect American Urbanism And The

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and, like the fairs, reflect American urbanism and the progressions of industry. According to his colleagues, this ambition had always been apparent from day one. Walt’s involvement with world fairs has been recorded as much as possible, showing that he attended at least four Exposition’s. Most notably, his integration of ‘Audio-Animatronics’ in the Ford and General Electric pavilions at the 1964 New York world’s fair (Chappell 2015). The fairs displayed agencies separated by avenues of people circulating one central vantage point. This point provides reference to the fair’s entirety not unlike sleeping beauty’s castle in each of the Disney parks. With architectural schemes arising here and there, the passer-by is given at least one…show more content…
After introducing the idea to the Imagineers, Walt’s team drew up renderings and visuals to bring the concept to life. The result: an idealistic, retro designed city that could be taken straight from the 1920’s. Walt often sought advice from the acclaimed American architect, Welton Becket, who was a close friend and neighbour to the Disney family. Becket’s firm had designed buildings that lay on the Anaheim site and Walt took inspiration from his forms and relayed them to the team behind Project X. The lead project Imagineer, Marvin Davis drew up Walt’s idea and laboured for days on end in a secretive studio called the Florida Room to produce an array of paintings and sketches showing the community. The futurist approach is a small step in the direction we have been pursuing as architects for the most part the twenty-first century: ecological design. Another key point that has been discussed, is the communities optimistic attempt to convey an efficient economic situation within such planned contemporary development. A bold decision of that time, in relation to the drastic absence of affordable housing during the 60’s and their place in America’s struggling urban lexicon (Neglia 2016). The design stages were well underway until a major setback in 1965 which effectively put the project out of service for good. Davis recalls Walt seeking architectural assistance for the projects planning due to its inevitable complexity, he offered the scheme to Becket
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