Saturday, 26 November 2016
Friday, 25 November 2016
Thursday, 24 November 2016
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
Mc Lachlan's talk during Saturated Space VIII that we held at the Architectural Association on the 11th November 2016. She reveals colour strategies in architecture that were unearthed and explored in the research for "Colour Strategies in Architecture", which Fiona wrote with co-authors from the Haus der Farbe, Zurich, as well as in the exhibition of the same name at the Architectural Association.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
Exclusively for Saturated Space Eleanor Jolliffe unearths the shimmering delights of the material, technical, historical, and experiential story of Byzantine architectural mosaics.
"The golden mosaics of Byzantine churches hold a particular allure to tourist and pilgrim alike. These timeless representations of the divine have fascinated viewers for centuries. This paper considers the manufacture, use and experience of the glass tiles, or tesserae, used in these mosaics- specifically gold tesserae.
Gold tesserae were used in ecclesiastical mosaics specifically as a representation of divine light, and, in collaboration with architectural form and curated lighting were crafted to inspire spiritual experiences. A modern viewing of these mosaics is vastly different to a Byzantine viewing and this paper also explores these differences, and the question of whether tesserae can still hold the same meaning and significance in the present day."
Friday, 29 July 2016
^VW Polo Mark III Harlequin, 1995
There is shiny colour all around us, lining our streets. Cars are a cross between clothes and buildings - you wear them as much as inhabit them - and they make a permanent urban fashion parade. Exclusively for Saturated Space Hugh Pearman, editor of the RIBA Journal, discusses automobile colour as a vehicle of memory and association.
Monday, 28 March 2016
Exclusively for Saturated Space, Neil Stephen Flannagan tells the story of colour in the spaces of Gallaudet University for the deaf and hard of hearing.
"A dull shade of blue is spreading on the walls of Gallaudet University. It’s not an official color, but rather a practical accommodation for its students, who are overwhelmingly Deaf and so primarily communicate in sign language. This blue provides a comfortable, clear background to read the hands and faces used to converse. The factors that make blue special connect race, digital media, and the peculiar rarity of the color in the human environment. What it implies is a clear functional role for coloration and a reminder that to be “human-centered,” design must grapple with troublesome issues of identity and history."