Visual heuristics for colour design

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Abstract / Description of output

This chapter considers a rationale for the use of painting (and paintings) as a visual heuristic methodology within a broader context of visual research methods in architectural research. It bases the discussion on research by the author, together with art historians from the Haus der Farbe, Zurich, on the strategic role of colour within architectural design. While there are notable examples of paintings made by contemporary architects as part of design exploration and development, there are few examples of painting being used directly within established architectural research paradigms. Rose suggests that the meaning of visual images may be established through three sites: the site of production, the image itself, and the audience. These aspects are explored through consecutive research stages. With reference to Kress and van Leeuwen’s ‘Reading Images’, the text discusses the semiotics of colour within images, and the particular affordances offered by paint as a mode of production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVisual Research Methods in Architecture
EditorsIgea Troiani, Suzanne Ewing
Place of PublicationBristol
PublisherIntellect Books
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781789381887
ISBN (Print)9781789381863
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • visual
  • methodology
  • painting
  • colour
  • architecture


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