Archinect - News 2017-07-21T22:45:46-04:00 Kansas City's iconic Willis Wood Theater to be reproduced in Walt Disney World Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-21T21:01:00-04:00 >2017-07-21T21:02:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The company announced that a new live entertainment venue off the Magic Kingdom&rsquo;s Main Street will be modeled after KC&rsquo;s iconic, bygone Willis Wood Theatre. The original theater opened in 1902 at 11th and Baltimore streets and stretched for a block and a half. It was a cultural hub for the city before it burned down in January 1917.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Featuring large Ionic columns and Baroque embellishments, the Willis Wood Theater,&nbsp;was designed by Louis Curtiss,&nbsp;Canadian-born American&nbsp;architect noted as one of KC's most prominent architects.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a>It is speculated that Walt Disney frequented the theater when he was living in KC. &ldquo;It is consistent with the tradition with the Disney theme parks; he incorporated his life into every aspect of the parks,&rdquo; said Dan Viets, who co-wrote <em>Walt Disney&rsquo;s Missouri</em> with Star movie critic Robert W. Butler.</p> <p><br></p> The first Disneyland map sold for $700K Nicholas Korody 2017-06-28T12:08:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T19:00:04-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An original map of the first Disneyland park has fetched &pound;555,838 ($708,000) at an auction in California. The 1953 drawing was used by Walt Disney to secure funding, after his own studio refused to fund the site. The artist's impression was given to an employee, and remained out of public view for more than 60 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Fascinating photos of Disney's Magic Kingdom under construction Alexander Walter 2016-10-07T14:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-10T23:03:09-04:00 <img src="" width="616" height="619" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After her grandparents passed away, Kelly Wise Valdes found a treasure trove of candid pictures taken by her grandfather, Chester "Chet" Wise, a master craftsman and woodworker who worked on the construction of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. [...] Thousands of construction workers were there during the Magic Kingdom construction. Disney kept a small handful of these master craftsmen and made them full-time Disney employees, and my grandfather was one of the chosen few.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here </a>to find more photos. All images via, courtesy of&nbsp;Kelly Wise Valdes.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Relatively soon, in a galaxy (not so) far far away: announcing Star Wars Lands</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Keeping the Disneyland magic alive, by limiting neighbors' building heights</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">All the Lights of the Kingdom</a></li></ul> Keeping the Disneyland magic alive, by limiting neighbors' building heights Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-14T17:47:00-05:00 >2015-12-14T17:47:55-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The policy, limiting building heights of 75 to 240 feet within a half-mile radius of the Disneyland Resort, isn&rsquo;t meant to keep outsiders from getting a peek at the rides and attractions. Rather, the Disney Cone is aimed at limiting views of the outside world for the 25 million-plus annual visitors who walk into the parks for a sense of escape and fantasy &ndash; just as Walt Disney had first envisioned on Disneyland&rsquo;s opening day, more than 60 years ago.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Do contemporary office designs upend work/life balance? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-26T13:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T17:34:10-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our world is now ideas driven and our environment needs to be energetic, inspiring and even provocative. Employers also want people to stay longer at work and making the space awesome certainly helps.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Many architects are designing home/work boundary-eroding office designs, which purposefully mimic the comforts of home to encourage creative employees to stay later. These designs have been embraced by a who's who of movers and shakers including Google, Facebook, and Disney. But is this shift toward longer hours a great boost to productivity?<img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>In <em>The New Yorker</em>, Tim Wu cites stories of "people [being] scolded for not responding to e-mails after&nbsp;midnight." He&nbsp;argues that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">You Really Don't Need to Work So Much</a>, making the case that "in white-collar jobs, the amount of work can expand infinitely through the generation of false necessities&mdash;that is, reasons for driving people as hard as possible that have nothing to do with real social or economic needs." What agency should architects take in shaping future work environments?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>For more on workplace design:</p><p>&bull; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space</a></p><p>&bull;&nbsp;<a title="Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Considering the future of work at the 2015 London Festival of Architectu...</a></p> Banksy about to open "Dismaland" pop-up exhibition in British seaside resort Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T15:31:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T10:35:33-04:00 <img src="" width="640" height="640" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rumors have been circulating around the internet for a few days, but later this week Banksy is now set to open a new pop-up exhibition entitled "Dismaland" at in Weston-Super-Mare, UK. The venue is called "Tropicana", a 10,200-square-foot site to be transformed into "Dismaland", a probable attack on American entertainment giant Disney. [...] As usual with Banksy, the details are very scarce, but earlier this morning Iain Brimecome and Jon Goff were able to fly their drone above the site [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Another aerial view of "Dismaland," expected to open later this week. Photo:&nbsp;Iain Brimecome &amp; Jon Goff, image via&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><em>Photo via <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">@francisclarke</a> on Twitter.</em></p><p>Banksy in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">After Banksy: the parkour guide to Gaza</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">An interview with man behind the &ldquo;Stealing Banksy?&rdquo; auction</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Banksy's unpublished NYT op-ed declares new WTC is the biggest eyesore in New York</a></li></ul> Relatively soon, in a galaxy (not so) far far away: announcing Star Wars Lands Nicholas Korody 2015-08-19T14:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:32:08-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Disney raised more questions than it answered at the D23 Expo with the announcement of plans to unveil Star Wars Lands at Disneyland in Anaheim and Disney&rsquo;s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla. Here&rsquo;s what we know so far: The new 14-acre lands will each feature two attractions set in a remote frontier town on the outer rim of the &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; galaxy. No opening dates have been set for either the California or Florida projects.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Star Wars fans may be salivating at the mouth right now, with a new trilogy on the horizon and now Disney's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announcement</a> of two themed parks at the D23 EXPO. Construction will begin at the Anaheim version in 2017 in the Big Thunder Ranch area, which is currently a bit of a no-man's land for themed dinner shows. Starting in 2015, there'll be a Star Wars-themed annual event in Tomorrowland.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As the LA Times states, there's been very little information released so far. But here's what we do know:</p><ul><li>The rides and areas will be oriented around the upcoming trilogy, rather than the older two.</li><li>One new ride will feature a battle sequence between the "First Order" and the Resistance. First Order sounding a bit unfamiliar? That's because it's an organization from the new series, formed after the collapse of the Empire, but also employing stormtroopers, TIE fighters, etc.</li><li>Another new ride will let you fly the Millennium Falcon.</li><li>The new land will be set on a planet never seen in the older films. A remo...</li></ul> AVATAR to Come to Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Archinect 2013-10-18T13:59:00-04:00 >2013-10-21T15:16:01-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="389" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our combined team has taken huge steps forward in &ldquo;imagineering&rdquo; Pandora as a real place for our guests to see, hear and touch. At the first-ever D23 Expo in Japan, we shared an early glimpse of the plans for AVATAR at Disney&rsquo;s Animal Kingdom park and I wanted to share some of these breathtaking images and a short preview of what&rsquo;s to come with all of you.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Other Disney World: A Creepy, Empty Village Alexander Walter 2012-07-26T17:23:00-04:00 >2012-07-31T11:45:56-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Outside of Paris lies a &ldquo;Truman Show like &uuml;ber-replica of a French village from the last century, which seems to have sprung up overnight.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> All the Lights of the Kingdom Archinect 2012-03-21T18:34:00-04:00 >2012-03-21T18:35:36-04:00 <img src="" width="559" height="450" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think Magic Kingdom is an exemplary model of superb light fixture choice in themed design; there is very little overlap and redundancy but very few fixtures call attention to themselves. Still, it would be offensive and out of place to offer modern LED freeway light poles in Liberty Square, so the lamps and light fixtures deserve our respect and appreciation as well: another hallmark of the WED tradition of perfection down to the tiniest detail.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>