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Examining the use of Urban Colour in the Hardscape of Outdoor Public Spaces

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Title: Examining the use of Urban Colour in the Hardscape of Outdoor Public Spaces
Author: Pederson, Carol Beth
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Landman, Karen
Abstract: Colour contributes to our everyday experience. The purpose of this research is to explore how landscape architects can use colour in the hardscape of outdoor public spaces to enhance functionality and human experience. Based on a literature review of architectural history and current trends in western architecture and landscape architecture, a Colour Assessment Framework for urban parks was developed to assess functionality of colour in outdoor spaces. Using this framework along with photo documentation, colour treatment of three contemporary parks in Europe was assessed. Results revealed various techniques of colour application in hardscape features that delineated spaces based on the categories of spatiality, identity, relativity, and instrumentality. This research is valuable because it allows designers to consider how the positive attributes of colour can be better incorporated into design to improve landscape function and human experience.
Date: 2012-05
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