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Colors of the World: A Geography of Color

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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 “geography 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 ...

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Overview

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 “geography 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’s architectural personality and chromatic character.

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Editorial Reviews

Oregon Home
“From a stunning emerald-green cottage in Ireland to mosaicked walls of thatched-roof huts in South Africa, this book is a serious source of color inspiration, no matter where on this planet you call home.”
Fiberarts Magazine
“This book is a gorgeous design resource for any artist, with stunning photography and clear color analysis based on the writers travels.”
Octavia Lamb - Geographical Magazine
“Ambitious. . . In the face of globalization's growing threat to our cultural heterogeneity, this investigation into a poorly documented aspect of human behaviour is timely. . . . Colors of the World elaborates on a fascinating idea and the Lenclos's devotion to their chosen topic has to be admired.”
Noel Reid - Tyrone Times & Duncannon Gazette (UK)
“Over 600 color photographs reveal striking colour patterns from Yemen to Guatemala.”
Ken Worpole - Green Places (UK)
“The issues raised by this outstanding book are many, particularly for those interested in how architecture and landscape have come to terms with each other after many decades of brute opposition.”
Lovin' Life After 50
“Glossy paperback with dynamic photographs displaying the brilliant diversity of...color.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393731477
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 547,254
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface 9
The geography of color : a chromatic itinerary 10
Colors and symbols 24
Construction materials 34
Decors and surfaces 48
Analysis of a site : Viviers, France 58
Maps of the world 72
United States 74
Guatemala 100
Brazil 112
Russia 132
South Africa 146
Algeria 176
Morocco 190
Iran 204
Yemen 218
India 240
Japan 264
Books, articles, and publications related to the work of Jean-Philippe Lenclos 284
Bibliography 286
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