Human Factors: Colour in Landscape Architecture

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Human Factors:  Colour in Landscape Architecture was prepared as a paper and presentation for CSLA/CELA Shifting Ground, Landscape Architecture in the Age of the New Normal, June 12-18, 2006, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.


The paper explores the potential of colour in Landscape Architecture.  The neurophysiological effects of colour on human beings are complex and multifaceted.  The recognition of colour is generally accepted to exist exclusively via visual receptors in the eye sensing the reflections of light off of coloured surfaces.  The author addresses an established theory of the physiological mechanisms of dermal optical sensitivity (DOS) (Souvestre, 2004).  In conjunction with DOS, a theory describing the much broader neuropsychophysiological effect of colour on humans and their health is presented.  The interdisciplinary approach bridges the physical and quantifiable aspects of colour and its subjective and aesthetic dimensions.

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