Urbanisms of Color

Urbanisms of Color

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Color is a ubiquitous yet essential part of the city, creating and shaping urban form. Who can forget the whites of modernist Brasilia? The greens of historic Cairo? The rosy reds of Petra? The terracottas of South AmericaAce(tm)s shantytowns? The color cacophonies of Times Square and Shinjuku? Colors have a presence over and beyond the objectsAceqbuildings, spaces, billboards, artifacts, and peopleAceqthat make up the city. Not only does color give meaning to cities, cities give meaning to color. Whether carefully coordinated, clashing, or an expression of materials, color is a powerful cultural, economic, and political force in cities. Yet discussions on the city do not usually focus much on color, perhaps because urban colors are too often understood as being beyond any one authority or taste, or are simply dismissed as cosmetic, naAƒAmve, or intangible. Volume 3 of New Geographies brings together artists and designers, anthropologists, geographers, historians, and philosophers with the aim of challenging the status quo and exploring the potency, the interaction, and the neglected design possibilities of color at the scale of the city.2 Briony Fer, aquot;Color Manual, aquot; in Color Chart, 29. ... (the easy associations of red with communism or Coca-Cola, green with Islam, one blue for Greece and another for the ... Temkina#39;s eloquent and decisive introduction to the catalogue dismissed the earlier rhetoric: aquot;The color chart could ... and Richtera#39;s exhausting 4, 096 panels in one vast grid (even Albers returned to the square an epic 1, 000- plus times).

Title:Urbanisms of Color
Author:Gareth Doherty
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2011-06-01


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