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!