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Full Spectrum: Colour in Contemporary Architecture: 2023

Author/EditorManferdini, Elena (Author)
Benyamin, Jasmine (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781915722034
Pub Date01/08/2023
BindingPaperback
Pages144
Dimensions (mm)250(h) * 210(w)
From the polychromy of the ancients to the great white interiors of high modernism, this book explores the exciting role of colour in the world of architecture.
¥6,490
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Colour is architecture’s sharpest tool in the box.
It has indexed everything from the feminine, cosmetic and vulgar to the pure, intrinsic and embodied.
Attitudes to colour are constantly shifting. They have played a central role in the history of architecture: from the polychromy of the ancients to the great white interiors of high modernism; the figurative flourishes of postmodernism to the embodied sublime of contemporary building systems and facades.
In contemporary architecture, colour has emerged as a powerful mode of working and an impactful political proposition. The second digital age has ushered paradigmatic shifts in how architects engage it.
Employing the full spectrum of colour requires a projective mode of action – one that anticipates nascent futures. It aids in the democratisation of visual culture, opening the field to enable a multiplicity of identities by introducing new references and embracing new voices.
This book explores the operative role of colour in current practice by proffering visions not of idealised other worlds, but rather radical reimaginings of our present one.
Features: 100 Architects, Maya Alam, David Batchelor, Galo Canizares, Courtney Coffman, Fala Atelier, Marcelyn Gow, Louisa Hutton, Sam Jacob, Carolyn Kane, Guto Requena, Javier González Rivero, Paulette Singley, Amanda Williams and Mimi Zeiger.

Colour is architecture’s sharpest tool in the box.
It has indexed everything from the feminine, cosmetic and vulgar to the pure, intrinsic and embodied.
Attitudes to colour are constantly shifting. They have played a central role in the history of architecture: from the polychromy of the ancients to the great white interiors of high modernism; the figurative flourishes of postmodernism to the embodied sublime of contemporary building systems and facades.
In contemporary architecture, colour has emerged as a powerful mode of working and an impactful political proposition. The second digital age has ushered paradigmatic shifts in how architects engage it.
Employing the full spectrum of colour requires a projective mode of action – one that anticipates nascent futures. It aids in the democratisation of visual culture, opening the field to enable a multiplicity of identities by introducing new references and embracing new voices.
This book explores the operative role of colour in current practice by proffering visions not of idealised other worlds, but rather radical reimaginings of our present one.
Features: 100 Architects, Maya Alam, David Batchelor, Galo Canizares, Courtney Coffman, Fala Atelier, Marcelyn Gow, Louisa Hutton, Sam Jacob, Carolyn Kane, Guto Requena, Javier González Rivero, Paulette Singley, Amanda Williams and Mimi Zeiger.

Elena Manferdini is the principal and owner of Atelier Manferdini in Los Angeles and Graduate Programs Chair at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Jasmine Benyamin is a historian, theorist and critic who serves as guest lecturer at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and was previously Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Articles Arch-White by Carolyn Kane Collective Palettes: On Colour and Identity by Courtney Coffman Digital Colour: A Semi-Technical Reflection by Galo Canizares Clouds of Colour by Maya Alam Prismatic by Marcelyn Gow Colour is a Place as Well as a Thing by Sam Jacob When Grass is Not Green: Botanising the Asphalt by Paulette Singley Profiles Working with Colour by Louisa Hutton Colour is a Sufficient Material by fala Notes on the Velocity of Colours by David Batchelor Colour as Activism by Guto Requena Case studies Colouring the Public Realm by Javier Gonzalez Rivero 'What Black is This, You Say?' A conversation between Amanda Williams and Jasmine Benyamin Final Word: Uncolour by Mimi Zeiger

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