The Color Deficit: Making the Case for a Polychromatic World

From D+D Online, December 2011

by Billy Rosbottom

Architecture serves as a grounding element for our communities. Our buildings are where we eat, sleep, learn, play, study, practice, pray, shop, or work. Structures follow specific rules and regiments defined by functions established through history by building teams: architect, engineer, owner, constructor, etc. It is through collaborative exploration that solutions come to light, onto the page, and into our environment....
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Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Color; Color + Design; Design

Comment from Barbara Jacobs, (12/19/2011, 8:55 AM)

Thanks for your inclusive article, Billy. Color in architecture is one of my favorite topics, something I'm involved in every day! I appreciate your thorough discussion of the subject. Examining the colors of cities is an intriguing angle in talking about how we respond to color.

Comment from Michael Lewis, (1/4/2012, 10:04 AM)

I'm always reminded of the statues and temples of ancient Greece and how for centuries the accepted view was that there was no color applied and they were colorless. Recent discoveries have proved that they were brightly colored. The greeks were not afraid of color. Think of the color ways of London, Florida, and Mexico. The light is the divining difference. Class and culture have brought their own brushes to our architecture. Color is what brings humanity to our buildings.

Comment from Scott Courtenay-Smith, (1/4/2012, 7:26 PM)

Great article, Billy! If you wouldn't mind, I'd like to reference this article during my presentation at The North Carolina Main Street Conference at the end of this month. The presentation will be about using color, design and artistry to improve visibility and customer experience for small businesses. I will, of course, credit you. Thanks in advance!

Comment from Marcia Walter, (2/16/2012, 5:14 PM)

A breath of fresh air! I've wondered why architecture still seems morosely stuck decades back in the mid-20th century when it comes to using this expressive and very basic design element called color.

Comment from Peggy Golden, (8/21/2012, 8:32 AM)

Interesting review, with sustainable design being the focus of buildings today we will see more conscious efforts toward natural classic elegance in new building designs reflecting colors of our surroundings.

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