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"Put one apple beside another and you will have two [...]The increase
can continue indefinitely: arithmetical process. Addition in art
is enigmatic. Yellow + yellow = yellow. Geometrical progression.
Yellow + yellow + yellow + yellow... = grey. The eye grows tired of too
much yellow: psychological limitation. Therefore the increase becomes a
decrease and arrives at zero."
Except for buildings and spaces such as kindergarten classrooms, children's
hospitals and subway stations, where colour has always been part of the design for
obvious reasons, we have only recently seen examples of colour on buildings here
and there. Some are subtle, others are bold and aggressive. But new technology
and materials, combined with "global" or trend colours, are changing the local and
cultural vernacular of our cities. Architects and environmental designers as well as
city planners have a huge responsibility in determining the colourscapes of our cities.
Colour not only plays a significant role in the cultural preservation of our cities,
but can also help with the wellbeing of its inhabitants and the prevention of social
degradation. Yet, research shows that very little attention is given to colour education in architecture. This lack of continuous colour education in architecture - and
colour is an extremely difficult issue which needs a lot of experience - is certainly
not helpful in the integrated use of colour on and in buildings. Recent examples tend
to suggest that the current focus is toward ornamentation and exercises in patterns
fostered through sophisticated programs, like parametric design, and through other
manufacturing possibilities. Adolf Loos is turning in his grave. Colour is not a question of cost anymore, but of commitment.
In our praxis as environmental designers, we use colour purposefully to guide and
orientate, but also to foster a connection with the user. Colours always create an affinity and a relationship, therefore we use colours on the fa├žade and inside of buildings
with a strong community purpose, such as the Artscape Daniels Spectrum, which
became the heart of the Regent Park's redevelopment program. We also designed
with colour in Artscape's new Weston Common, which is currently under construction, and the CIBC Aquatic Centre built for the Pan Am games in 2015. Based on a
fundamental knowledge of colour theory, careful consideration of context and the
historical development of an area, we can achieve sustainable colour landscapes
that have a positive impact on the community.
The success of modernism over the last 100 years might have blinded us to the
use of colours and to including colour design as part of planning from the beginning.
We currently tend to like modern buildings with clear lines, intuitive layouts and a
well-balanced colour palette of natural and neutral materials. But as a whole, there
are far too many uninspiring buildings and monotonous office towers with relentlessly smooth glass facades. Will the tide change again to a better application and
acceptance of colour in our cities? We hope so.
UDO SCHLIEMANN is Principal Creative Director at Entro Communications, Toronto.

INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
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INSULATION
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AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT
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