Call for Papers

Environmental Colour Design: Theory and Practice

In 2017 the Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (ECD) is celebrating its 35th anniversary.

As ECD chair I would like to invite you to submit a paper on the topic of Environmental Colour Design: Theory and Practice. You may also submit an extended version of one of your AIC contributions for inclusion in this publication.

The themes will range from discussing theoretical and methodological approaches to presenting artistically oriented ways of how colour is applied within urban space, architecture and interiors. The subjects will range from exploring the specificity of a single aspect of colour to investigating elements and complex effects of colour in natural and built environments. Other papers may focus on presenting key results of systematic research projects carried out in colour laboratories. Conducted on an international level the exchange will show how the ways that colour is defined not only depend on geographical and climatic factors, but foremost on cultural, social, economic and political aspects and meanings.

Important Deadline: Paper submission deadline is 31 May 2017.
If you wish to extend the deadline you are asked to contact the editor.

Language: English.

Length: 20–30 pages, including notes, bibliography and figures/images.

Pictures: high-resolution 300ppi. The number of pictures depends on the content of your paper. After acceptance you will be asked to send the high-quality pictures as separate files.

Author Guidelines: Please follow the author guidelines. A template will be sent to you upon request.

Submission Address: Please submit your paper to Verena M Schindler

Full Peer-Review Process: All submissions will undergo a full peer-review process to determine the paper’s suitability for publication.

After acceptance the papers will be gathered together in sections and set in an appropriate layout created by ECD member Johnny Jie Xu.

Publication: Further information about the publication will follow.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Look forward to reading and publishing your paper.

Verena M. Schindler
Editor, Environmental Colour Design: Theory and Practice

Posted: 13 January 2017; update 4 March 2017


SG ECD main research project

Interaction of Colour and Culture. Environmental Colour Design 1900-today: An Anthology on Colour

project summary

The aim of the project is to collect published and unpublished texts, articles and essays from many different countries written by practitioners such as architects, landscape architects, colour consultants, artists, designers, graphic designers, cultural heritage commissioners, urban designers, town planners and lighting designers, as well as other professionals who have been directly involved in the conception, realization and application of colour in the environment and urban space.

The goal of the project is to make the historic and actual texts available in form of an Anthology on Environmental Colour Design.

Many key texts on colour remain unknown for a variety of reasons, e.g., they are unpublished; or, published in journals that are now out-of-print; or, they are simply difficult to access or have appeared in a fragmentary form in texts on the general theory of architecture, art and design. Therefore, the plan is to include:
1) papers from past AIC Meetings,
2) articles and papers not available in some countries for different reasons,
3) texts available only in one language (unless the single language is English).

Collecting and publishing these texts together will not only serve to validate individual efforts and achievements, but also put these in an historical context. This will serve the broader aim of promoting a deeper understanding of the relevance of colour in the overall design process of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. As a result, a basis for trans-national discussions concerning a cross-cultural appreciation of environmental colour design will be established.