Friday, January 11, 2013

Perspecta 9/10: The Yale Architectural Journal - 1965

For today's post we've got something a little different.  From 1965 its the "Prespecta 9/10: The Yale Architectural Journal".  At 345 pages its a good sized and detailed journal.

There's only one page of text regarding Disneyland, but its pretty intellectual stuff, or at least the author thought it was intellectual.  "A large Papier-mâché mountain called the Matterhorn" I suppose you could see it that way...  

There's a super foldout map which is unfortunately on red paper, however its still a fun map.  I don't think I've seen this map before, does anyone recognize it?  Here's a high resolution version (link - 25MB). This map reminds me of the excellent map from the 1963 National Geographic article (link).

Back side of the map has some Black and Red photos.

The rest of the Disneyland pages are some nice black & white photographs, shown below without further interruption.


Debbie V. said...

These pictures give a very different feel to Disneyland. It appears that the people in the pictures "live" there, not tourists having a fun time, but just people going through a normal day. Subdued might be the word.

Then I decided to read the article and was completely drawn in to this guy's thinking. Not that I agree with all - but it is FULL of interesting quotes, ideas that he puts into words like I've not heard before. He makes some statements about the LA area that I would have agreed with at the time. I grew up there during the 1950-70 era, in "the unchartable sea of suburbia".

He never really comes right out and says it - but you can tell - he loves Disneyland.

Thanks for bringing this to light.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Excellent analysis Debbie V., I'm glad you enjoyed it. I like the "unchartable sea of suburbia" line too...

Anonymous said...

Academic architecture has always had trouble accepting Disneyland.

It's hard to deny the things Disneyland gets right, but architects often can't let go of the "designer mind", where it is forbidden to love the past or fantasies, much less try to replicate them in construction.

Thanks for this.