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The Color of Cities: An International Perspective

Swirnoff, Lois

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ISBN 10: 0070633487 / ISBN 13: 9780070633483
Published by McGraw-Hill, Blacklick, Ohio, U.S.A., 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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230 pages, profuse color illus., inscribed by the author on the half-title page, a fine copy in dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 030240

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Title: The Color of Cities: An International ...

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Blacklick, Ohio, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Clamshell Box

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed and Signed By Author

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-- A unique color dictionary of international urban design, this is a phenomenal photographic reference documenting the distinctive color characteristics of cities throughout the world-- Shows how cultural color preferences are exhibited in buildings, parks, and other public spaces-- Fully illustrated with beautiful original color photographs from the author and other noted architectural photographers

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The First Major Study of Color in Urban Design. Architecture and urban design define a locale by giving it structure and form. But less obviously, and more fundamentally, color has a significant impact on the overall perception of an urban environment. The Color of Cities: An International Perspective is the first book to explore the complex interactions that inform and shape this perception. It documents the use of color in urban areas around the world, showing how color contributes to a city's unique character and appearance.

Over 300 full-color photographs support this ground-breaking work by noted color theorist Lois Swirnoff. Drawing on specific examples from cities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Asia, The Color of Cities demonstrates how local color selection is rooted in the geophysical, determined in large part by how colors originate in - and are altered by - the angle of the Sun's rays. And the book explains how the intensity of light differs globally, from the direct beam of the Equatorial regions to the angular glow of cities nearer the poles.

Using dimensional color as her premise, Swirnoff explores the links between a culture's distinctive character and its color choices, and describes how color plays a role in building the environment. You'll also see some unexpected similarities in different cities' use of color in standard urban features such as facades, streets and plazas, boundaries, and market-places. For easy reference, the book is organized according to these features, with abundant photographic appendix offers a summary overview of the color palettes of cities and locales. It all adds up to the most in-depth, most complete look at the pivotal role of color in urban design - and one you'll refer to again and again.

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