The Color of Cities: An International Perspective

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A unique colour dictionary of international urban design and phenomenal photographic reference, The Colour of Cities documents the distinctive colour characteristics of cities in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. The book features beautiful original colour photographs by the author, who is an acclaimed artist and world authority on the three-dimensional use of colour and other noted architectural photographers. Topics covered include how cultural colour preferences are grounded in vision differences in different geographic locations and the similarities within diversity in streets, facades, plazas, boundaries and marketplaces. A reference section provides you with typical colour palettes for each country, complete with thumbnail photographic examples.

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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 500 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 near 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 marketplaces. For easy reference, the book is organized according to these features, with abundant photographic examples for comparison. What's more, a 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.

About the Author:

Lois Swirnoff (Brookline, MA) is a professor of art at Cooper Union in New York City, and is a world recognized authority on 3-dimensional use of colour.

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