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AIC Midterm Meeting 2019 Buenos Aires - COLOUR & LANDSCAPE - Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline: March 31, 2019.

Abstract format: 500 words; 5 keywords. Seminar description below. Further information can be accessed

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The AIC 2019 Midterm Meeting takes place on October 14, 2019, 14.20–17.30 (Monday afternoon) in Buenos Aires, Argentina

AIC 2019 Seminar Content Description:
Towards a Theory of Colour and Light Ambiences in Built and Natural Environments

How do we approach the continuously fluctuating colour and light complexity of a city, a district, an urban space, or a natural landscape? The aim of this seminar is to study analytical and methodological approaches to colour and light and to explore and discuss ways of creating ambience – the character, mood, special quality, or atmosphere of a place – in the natural landscape or in an interior or exterior space in the built environment. The basis for the study of colour and light ambiences in these different situations is gained through insights from different points of view into how to create a relationship between colour, light, and materials.

Looking back to the 1920s and 1930s reveals a growing interest in how colour and light shape the human environment. Mutually inquiring into these historical principles and those evident today, the aim is to identify and track which colour and light components have had longevity and which concepts and applications have newly appeared as well as disappeared. Our questions include: What has survived, but is actually out of date and what has endured and still seems appropriate to our times? What new means of colour and light technology have appeared in the 21st century to create contemporary colour and light ambiences?

We also aim to discuss whether the colour and light of a building can be changed easily. Colours can become a fad, i.e., fashionable. Some colours are so unusual (Antoni Gaudí) that they appear to be good perennially. Other architectural colours are exceptional (Le Corbusier) and are therefore also considered to be eternally pleasing. Here we consider how fashionable or stylish colour and light should be in new buildings and in architectural in general and at what cost buildings should be fashionable.

As we further inquire into the principles creating colour and light ambiences in architecture, urban space, the built environment, and the natural landscape, we will consider the implications of Jean-François Augoyard's claim that for three decades the search for ambience (la maîtrise des ambiances) has been part of architectural education. The qualities of light, sound, ventilation, material, and movement are some of the main features of ambience. However, ambience is more than a product of technique and technology, it is the trigger for our overall response. Here ambiences – like cities – can be attractive, pretty, or ugly.

The principles behind how to generate – and critically sense – such features and effects will be developed in this seminar in order to ultimately distinguish elements for forming a theory of colour and light ambiences.

The seminar's theme is related to the topic of the Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association, AIC 2019 "Colour and Landscape",

Accepted full papers will be reviewed and published in a book.

Organizers: Verena M. Schindler, Yulia A. Griber, José Luis Caivano