Wednesday Vignette – distractions

Our senior year in architecture school, our entire class went to Disney World during spring break, laden with one expressed assignment. Our task was to note the various tricks with which the theme park’s designers manipulated visitors into tolerating queuing for 45 minutes to an hour before getting on the most popular rides. Indeed – distraction is a powerful shaper of experiences. This lesson stayed with me, and I have great appreciation for the various ways intentional befuddlement of one’s senses, in one way or other, is used to turn the mundane into something memorable.

These photos are from an airport I visited recently. I’m  a little embarrassed to admit I can’t even remember which one… I’m guessing Chicago. It doesn’t really matter – the point is how constantly changing light was used to blur the monotony of the seemingly endless distance travelers have to cover to get from one concourse to another. I quite enjoyed it!

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About annamadeit

Born and raised in Sweden, my aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in history and tradition. I care a great deal about environmental responsibility, and my aesthetic reflects the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I'm obsessed with plants and gardens, and aim to take my skill set a step further by designing gardens as well as interiors. As someone so aptly said: " Architecture is the skin that separates the exterior from the interior". So true - you can't successfully focus on one without incorporating the other. I'm also an avid cook, and I love to ski. In addition, I put time and efforts into trying to rectify things that I feel are wrong in my immediate community. As you will see, The Creative Flux will touch on all these things, and more. For sure, it's all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blog!
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19 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – distractions

  1. Peter Herpst says:

    How fun is that? One might be tempted to linger and watch the light show. You see the coolest stuff! My WV is here:

  2. hoov says:

    Yes that’s Chicago–a city with a proud history of beautiful architecture and love of art. I vaguely remember they updated it from a previous 60’s version. This iteration is more elegant. (Or my memory is incorrect).

    I can (vaguely) remember Disneyland when there were no lines–or only two-minute-waits–and that at the height of summer…

    My vignette is pretty good this time. I think I’m getting the hang of it.

  3. Alison says:

    That’s quite a pretty walkway, with all those colorful lights. I’ve always been amused by how Disney uses clever layout and various entertainment screens to obscure the true length of the waiting lines. My WV post is here:

  4. Fancy being able to forget which airport

  5. Excellent subject! It’s all about perception isn’t it? My WV is just a street scene…

  6. rickii says:

    Science Fictioney wonderful. I stayed with your theme (sorta):

  7. Kris P says:

    I haven’t been to Disneyland in a long time but I can’t remember those waits being all that pleasant! I imagine the airport lightworks display would make the long walk from gate to baggage claim much more engaging, however. (It always helps if you actually get to move.) My Wednesday Vignette is, as usual, from my garden:

  8. Great illustrations on the airport ‘tunnels’; great to see imagination being used to design these spaces. Thanks!

  9. I remember these lights from the last time that I was there. They definitely help distract me from the long walk. Great shots!

    Here’s another flower picture from me:

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