The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - 6

ON ARCHITECTURE, ENTERTAINMENT, AND DISCOMFORT
by SCOTT A. LUKAS

n popular architecture and entertainment space, the concept of comfort has maintained a most curious foundation. Since the 13th century, the meaning of "comfort" shifted from connoting "feeling of relief in affliction or sorrow" and solace or
consolation to "enjoyment resulting from satisfaction of bodily wants and freedom
from anxiety."1 Within the popular entertainment spaces of theme parks, themed
casinos, cruise ships, and lifestyle stores, the most common understandings of these
spaces suggest they are designed in large part - perhaps entirely - for the achievement of comfort in the visitors or guests who visit them.2 While definitions of what is
comfortable vary from person to person and from culture to culture, architects and
entertainment space designers have generally focused their designs on results that
will enhance the pleasure, enjoyment, and positive feelings of guests.
Very few entertainment spaces have been able to shift the focus of the guest's
experience or purpose from foundations of comfort to those of discomfort. In the
1990s, The Walt Disney Company planned to build an American history-focused theme
park known as Disney's America. Notably, the park would have included rides and

Interactive Tree, Changi Airport, Singapore.
PHOTO: SCOTT A. LUKAS

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020

Discomfort
Index to Advertisers
Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Intro
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover1
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover2
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - 3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Discomfort
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The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Index to Advertisers
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - Locations
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover3
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - cover4
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - divider1
The Right Angle Journal - Summer 2020 - divider2
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