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Scientific findings have confirmed the role of colour in architecture for the wellbeing of mankind, enhancing concentration and communication capabilities, and also creativity, and reducing stress.
The basic requirement therefor is a solid, interdisciplinary education of the colour designer.
The Importance of Light and Colour for Physical, Psychological and Emotional Well-Being
From birth, and throughout the entirety of the human lifespan, our sense organs take their stimuli from the environment. Colour forms an integral part of the visual stimulation coming from the outside world. It decisively informs and influences many of our bodily functions, and these reactions occur at a conscious and unconscious level.
Artificial and natural light, colour and form determine the quality of the optical climate induced indoors and out. Colour and light is inextricably linked – WITHOUT LIGHT, THERE IS NO COLOUR!
The physiological function of our organs and glands is controlled by light and colour. Research shows that cells react with great sensitivity to colour and the quality of light. When daylight turns into a reddish-yellow scale at sunset, melatonin, the hormone of sleep, is produced as the body prepares itself to be in a rested state. In the morning, the blue colour of daylight triggers normal activity to set back in.
Fritz Hollwich, Professor at the University Eye Hospital of Münster, Germany, discovered two paths of vision, namely, the optical and energetic. 25% of the light absorbed through the optical path is used for seeing, whilst 75% travels to the central brain, hypothalamus and thyroid gland via the energetic pathways of the optic nerve. The latter organ produces hormones that affect emotions. These findings are key to understanding why light and colour have such a fundamental effect on humans.
Our physiological and chemical responses to colour and light influence our overall state of health and well-being. The selection and specification of both should therefore be circumspect, judicious and serve an aprreciable purpose beyond the realms of decoration and illumination.
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Salzburg Seminars for
Colour and Environmental Design
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IACC Colour Designer