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Environmental interpretation and the construction of environmental meaning

Smith, Dianne J. (1999) Environmental interpretation and the construction of environmental meaning. Spectrum: Journal of the Colour Society of Australia, 14(2), pp. 9-12.

Abstract

This paper outlines the way in which environmental interpretation is in part influenced by colour. It is proposed that colour is not just a decorative surface treatment but instead plays an active role in how people come to form opinions about other people and place. The potential for designers to become more aware of the influences of their colour choices is therefore addressed. A review of the concepts of interpretation and meaning as referred to in the field of colour in design, precedes a discussion of different theoretical frameworks that may inform designers and occupants about the processes involved. Finally the author proposes three levels of person-environment relationships in which colour plays a role or is embedded. In conclusion, it is stated that by considering these relationships, our role as 'colourists' may be re-evaluated.

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ID Code: 7790
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Colour, Design, Architecture, Meaning, Interpretation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Colour Society of Australia
Deposited On: 12 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:40

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