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Bibliography: Books: Architecture and Design

This bibliography covers books which may be useful in researching theme parks, amusement parks, and related subjects. Some of these books are available from the publisher or your favorite bookstore, while others are out of print but may still possibly be obtained through a used book dealer or from your library (in stock or through interlibrary loan). When possible a link has been provided to where you may check availability and order the book directly. Books about Disney design and architecture are in the Disney Theme Parks section.

Braithwaite, David.
Fairground Architecture; the world of amusement parks, carnivals, and fairs. NY: F. A. Praeger. 1968. xi,195p. illus. Many plans and Photos, some color. From the Excursions Into Architecture series. Very heavy on older fairground rides and show fronts, not much on amusement parks.
Out of print.

Cerver, Francisco Asensio
Landscape of Recreation II (Amusement Parks). NY: . 1994. p. Many Color Photos. Beautiful architectural volume covering zoo exhibits (World of Primates at the Philadelphia Zoo, more), theme parks (Efteling, Parco di Pinocchio, etc.), resorts (Disney's Dixie Landings and Caribbean Beach resorts), and other recreational spaces, most of which will be unfamiliar to North American readers.
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Cerver, Francisco Asensio
Theme and Amusement Parks. NY: Hearst Books. 1997. 191p. Many Color Photos and Drawings. Architectural review book on some of the architects that build fantasy spaces and their buildings. Includes such diverse projects as Port Aventura, Disney's Dixie Landings Resort, Kihoku Museum of Astronomy, Myombe Reserve (Busch Gardens), Ibaraki Park, and the Florida Aquarium.
Out of Print.

Nakata, Kiyoshi
Perspectives for Entertainment Facilities. Japan: Books Nippan (Importer). 1998. 144p. Illustrated. Sometimes also listed as Perspectives for Leisure & Amusement Facilities. Instructional book in English and Japanese aimed at architectural artists creating conceptual artwork for amusement facilities. Many detail examples and sample drawings.
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Wylson, Anthony and Patricia
Theme parks, Leisure Centres, Zoos, and Aquaria . NY: Wiley. 1994. vii,183p. Photos. Architectural study of the design and construction of theme parks, zoo exhibits, etc.
Out of Print.

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