Thursday 19 July 2012

Colour Strategies in Nature

Please click on the link below for a text by Francesca Cremasco on on the utilisation of colour in camouflage and other tactics from the natural world, and how such techniques could be drawn upon in the artifice of the built environment...

"The Natural world is our first and foremost reference regarding the most fundamental uses of colour. Through its deployments, nature has taught us to reproduce and develop new colours, and given us new abilities and techniques for transforming and building a range of novel and responsive human environments.

Mimetic processes are complex phenomena of environment adaptation, and constitute the main utilization of colour in the animal world. In this text are analyzed the foundational aspects of visual camouflage,  from functions that synergistically connect various elements (colours, forms, motion, context, etc.) in space, to techniques and tactics of visual camouflage. These phenomena involve environment adaptation, communication, relations between subjects and surrounding elements, all of which are key concepts in a complex system that implicitly suggests new perspectives on our own built environment.

The text concludes with some explicit suggestions about the possible further migration of functions and techniques between the natural and built environment, that may aid the redesigning and re-thinking of man’s artificial environment.

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