Colors of the world : the geography of colour / Jean-Philippe Lenclos, Dominique Lenclos ; preface by François Barré ; translated by Gregory P. Bruhn.

by Lenclos, Jean-PhilippeLooking glass; Barré, FrançoisLooking glass; Bruhn, Gregory P; Lenclos, DominiqueLooking glass.

Publisher: New York ; Norton, [2004]Description: 288 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 27 cm.ISBN: 0393731472.Uniform titles: Couleurs du monde. English.Subject(s): Color in architectureLooking glass | DwellingsLooking glass | Vernacular architectureLooking glassNote: Originally published as Couleurs du monde, c1999.Note: Includes bibliographical references.
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Colors of the World presents a chromatic journey through the colors of vernacular architecture from the United States to the far corners of the globe. Based on the ?eography of color?analysis method, which Jean-Philippe and Dominique Lenclos have elaborated through years of travel and research, this book examine the palettes of diverse habitats to reveal how geology, climate, light, sociocultural behavior, and the traditions of local residents and construction techniques uniquely shape a landscape? architectural personality and chromatic character. Through the visual evidence of over six hundred radiant color photographs, supplemented by watercolor sketches and chromatic synthesis charts, the Lencloses explain their system and provide a pertinent and objective comparison of assorted chromatic microcosms worldwide, as well as a fascinating look at the infinite diversity with which color expresses itself. From the chromatic delicacy of bamboo roofs in Japan to the tangy-hued house facades created from mineral pigments in African soils, Colors of the World offers a visually alluring survey of the significant chromatic personalities within local geographies, histories, and traditions in countries around the world. An accurate reflection of the colors of the world, this panorama will help designers to decide the colors of tomorrow.Contents include: The Geography of Color: A Chromatic Itinerary * Colors and Symbols * Construction Materials * D?ors and Surfaces * Analysis of a Site: Viviers, France * Maps of the World * United States * Guatemala * Brazil * Russia * South Africa * Algeria * Morocco * Iran * Yemen * India * Japan

Originally published as Couleurs du monde, c1999.

Includes bibliographical references.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface (p. 9)
  • The Geography of Color: A Chromatic Itinerary (p. 10)
  • Colors and Symbols (p. 24)
  • Construction Materials (p. 34)
  • Decors and Surfaces (p. 48)
  • Analysis of a Site: Viviers, France (p. 58)
  • Maps of the World (p. 72)
  • United States (p. 74)
  • Guatemala (p. 100)
  • Brazil (p. 112)
  • Russia (p. 132)
  • South Africa (p. 146)
  • Algeria (p. 176)
  • Morocco (p. 190)
  • Iran (p. 204)
  • Yemen (p. 218)
  • India (p. 240)
  • Japan (p. 264)
  • Books, articles, and publications related to the work of Jean-Philippe Lenclos (p. 284)
  • Bibliography (p. 286)

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Publishers Weekly Review

A fascinating book for architects, designers and urban planners, this volume uses more than 600 color photographs to demonstrate how "each country, each region, each city and village" employs a unique color palette for its buildings. According to the Lencloses, whose book Colors of France received the International Color Design Award of 1983-4, these colors are derived both from a region's environment and its culture. Certainly, the visual argument for these conclusions is compelling: the chrome green house of Russia's Suzdal are markedly different from the sand-colored dwellings of Alegria, and both of these areas eschew the ochre pinks of Rajasthan, India, and the blacks of New York's Greenwich Village. Though the authors' dense, jargon-filled captions will probably interest only specialists, their photographs should appeal to a wider audience. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Dominique Lenclos , is a classics professor. She collaborates with her husband, Jean-Philippe, in his research. They have written extensively on the geography of color, including Colors of the World and Windows of the World, the companion to Doors of the World.

Jean-Philippe Lenclos is a designer-colorist and founder of Atelier 3D Couleur, a studio based in Paris that specializes in the conception and application of color in the environment, architecture, and industrial products. He has exhibited his work in Tokyo, London, Paris, and Lisbon, and he teaches color theory at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Dominique Lenclos, a professor of classics, assists her husband in his research and site analyses. Their book Color of France received numerous awards, including the 1983-84 International Color Design award. They are also the authors of Colors of Europe.

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