Color in Architecture : Design Methods for Buildings, Interiors, and Urban Spaces

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Colour is arguably the most complex element within the design of the built environment. Few materials are available to help determine how and why to select colour schemes and to provide methodologies for making these decisions. This book reviews colour precedents, examines the visual properties of colour as applied to architecture and allied design, and surveys the methods used by pre-eminent international designers to unite colour, light, form and space in the design process.

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Introducing the first major reference guide to color strategies, methods, and applications

Apart from issues of form and space, nothing factors into architectural design as much as color. And when it comes to giving you an in-depth, highly useful look at how color comes into play in the overall design of interior and exterior environments, Color in Architecture: Design Methods for Buildings, Interiors, and Urban Spaces is truly in a league of its own.

"What effect does color have on the completed architectural design?" "What colors work best in certain applications?" ...If you're an architect or designer aiming to design buildings that fit with their surroundings, questions like these come with the territory. Throughout Color in Architecture, noted author and expert color theorist Harold Linton has made it his mission to answer these and many other questions encountered on the job, making it that much easier for you to work with color day to day, on projects large and small. Every aspect of color planning and application is presented with over 200 examples from an array of colorists, showing you how color solutions can be applied to a wide array of architectural designs. Page after page, Linton provides color styling examples for:
* Residential architecture
* Interior spaces
* Cultural and public institutions
* Retailing and business applications
* Industrial environments

Also included are sections on color technology, education, and research, along with descriptions of major color order systems and a list of societies and organizations that guide this evolving discipline. Plus, the book includes over 200 color photographs showcasing the work of today's most accomplished colorists, together with artists' and designers' comments on the successful methodologies.

About the Author:

Harold Linton (Southfield, MI) is Assistant Dean, College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technical University, Southfield, Michigan. Mr. Linton is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts in architectural colour theory and application. He initiated the first BFA program in Architectural Illustration in the United States, and co-established the first European graduate program in Colour Studies at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.

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