The etymology of a colourful design language: How do we determine what informs architect’s colour choices?

Tucker, Richard and Motamed, Bahareh 2016, The etymology of a colourful design language: How do we determine what informs architect’s colour choices?, Art, design & communication in higher education, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 191-208.

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Title The etymology of a colourful design language: How do we determine what informs architect’s colour choices?
Formatted title The etymology of a colourful design language: How do we determine what informs architect’s colour choices?
Author(s) Tucker, RichardORCID iD for Tucker, Richard orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-251X
Motamed, Bahareh
Journal name Art, design & communication in higher education
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 191
End page 208
Total pages 19
Publisher Intellect Ltd
Place of publication Bristol, Eng.
Publication date 2016-10-02
ISSN 1474-273X
Keyword(s) colour knowledge
design education
design
architecture
architectural education
cultural background
Summary The development of materials and visualization technology is transforming the colour palettes of cities. As architects have significant roles in determining the appearance of buildings that contribute to city colourscapes, it might be expected that they have considerable colour knowledge. However, there is largely an absence of colour training in built environment education outside of interior design, meaning architects are likely making colour choices based on practical rather than theoretical knowledge. This prompts the question: what informs the architect’s colour choices? While colour has been studied in a broad range of disciplines, few studies have focussed on the built environment and even fewer on how and why built environment designers choose colours. This article explains the origins and development of a framework for understanding factors that influence architects’ uses of colour. The framework has informed a national survey in Australia to determine how personal and educational experiences have affected the use of colour.
Language eng
Field of Research 120399 Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified
120101 Architectural Design
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Intellect Ltd
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