AIC Interim Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, Colour and Human Comfort, 25–29 September 2018

AIC 2018

AIC Interim Meeting, Lisbon, PORTUGAL 
Colour and Human Comfort 
25–29 September 2018 
Venue: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon 
Organisation: Associação Portuguesa da Cor/Portuguese Colour Association 
Conference Co-Chairs: Prof. Dr. Maria João Durão and Dr. Margarida Allen Gamito

AIC 2018 Study Group on Environmental Colour Design Meeting 
Study Group Meeting 2 
Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018, 11:35–13:10 
Venue: Room 1, Fundaçao Calouste Gulbenkian (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) 
Address: Avenida de Berna, 45A, 1067-001 Lisbon, Portugal

Co-Chairs SG ECD
Verena M. Schindler (Switzerland) 
Prof. Dr. Yulia A. Griber (Russia) 

Colour – Test charts of ISO 9241-306:2018 for displays and multifunctional office devices 
Prof. Dr. Klaus Richter, Berlin University of Technology (TUB), Section Lighting Technology (Germany) 

Colour Interventions with Purpose: Sydney 
Dr Zena O’Connor, M.Design (UTS) PhD (Syd), Principal of Colour | Design | Research (Australia)  

Colour Strategies in Architecture: Reflections and Dissemination 
Prof. Fiona McLachlan, Architectural Practice, University of Edinburgh (UK)  

ColourChat with Colour Your City 
Cath Carver, Founder Colour Your City (UK) 


All AIC 2018 participants were welcome to attend the SG ECD Meeting.

AIC Student Paper Awards 
The AIC (International Colour Association) announced the AIC Student Paper Awards for those in the early stages of a career in colour. The goal of this new Awards scheme is to encourage students to present their work at the AIC meetings and to benefit from interaction with the international colour community. 

The first Awards were presented during AIC 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.


SG ECD member 
Saara Pyykkö, Aalto University, Finland:
The main elements of the colour design process of a new neighbourhood: The case Koivusaari in Helsinki.

2018 Munsell Centennial Symposium, Boston, USA

Munsell’s Legacy: Inspiring 21st Century Color Concepts 
11–15 June 2018 
Venue: Massachusetts College of Art and Design (formerly known as Massachusetts Normal Art School when Munsell graduated and taught there).
Organization: Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) and AIC 

SG ECD Colloquium

During the Munsell Centennial Symposium, the AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (SG ECD) will organize a 90-minute colloquium on Friday, June 15, 2018. 


We have prepared a brief anonymous survey about the use of the Munsell Color Order System in the context of ECD and your answers will be greatly appreciated. The link to the survey click here

Munsell and Environmental Colour Design

The SG ECD colloquium will focus on Munsell, environmental colour, and the language of fractals and patterns.

Benoit B. Mandelbrot introduced the concept of ‘fractal’ in his French book Les Objets Fractals: Forme, Hasard et Dimension (1975). Fractals are a way to understand complexity, not just in shapes, but in systems as well. The concept of fractal is especially helpful in allowing order to be perceived in apparent disorder. It suggests that variation and fluctuation on all scales are important, and related to each other. It allows the discovery of patterns and rules in the seemingly absolute chaos. Environmental colour is no exception: complex and irregular, it is fractal in nature. The fractal approach treats particular elements of urban composition at different scales as integral parts of a whole sharing a common idea.

Extending the premise outlined in Christopher Alexander’s book A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (1977), the SG ECD colloquium will also explore environmental colour as patterns that form a language. It will look back at how the language of environmental colour design has unfolded since its inception in the 1940s. Originally the concept of ‘environmental colour design’ encompassed processes of human interaction with surrounding natural factors (e.g., geographical, solar, climatic). More recently, the term implies ecological and sustainable design efforts. Environmental colour design is now playing a key role in creating the intended atmosphere in indoor and outdoor spaces. The aim is to improve a sense of well-being and comfort through the construction of aesthetically appealing and environmentally friendly urban and residential facilities and public infrastructures.

Over time, the goals, instrumentation and focus of colour research have changed to address the needs of contemporary environmental colour design. The SG ECD colloquium will show how the Munsell system influenced and supported the development of environmental color research. Examples of research employing the Munsell system will trace its impact over time while illustrating and discussing the ideas of fractals and patterns in environmental colour changes on all scales of urban space.

Co-Chairs Verena M. Schindler and Yulia A. Griber 

AIC Study Group on Environmental Color Design

The International Color Association will host a colloquium of the Study Group on Environmental Color Design following the ISCC Annual Meeting.

The AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design plays a key role in disseminating various approaches of professionals from different geographical and cultural regions. Focused around a specific interest in colour as a means of environmental design in interior and exterior space, the scope of research and study is broad and encompasses colour in the built and socio-cultural environments as well as the investigation of the effects of colour upon human emotion, cognition, and behaviour.

The SG ECD was consolidated in 1982 at the AIC Interim Meeting on Colour Dynamics held 8–10 June in Budapest. The activities and events of the SG ECD have opened up exchanges between experts working in diverse countries around the world. At present the SG ECD includes around 250 members from more than 40 countries and the ECD mailing list has around 700 subscribers. The means of exchange include annual meetings at AIC congresses, a website (, and publications as well as collaborations with other groups and organizations to stimulate research related to the members’ key interests. An SG ECD report is published in the AIC Annual Review. During a recent meeting, the discussion addressed the question: How do we define ECD today with respect to colour, sustainability, and wellbeing?

Munsell Centennial Color Symposium
AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (ECD)

Date/Time: Friday, June 15, 2018, 1:30–3:00 PM
Venue: Lecture Hall, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA USA


Survey of the Application of the Munsell Color System in Environmental Color Design
Verena M. Schindler (CH), Yulia A. Griber (RU) 

The Colorgame: On Performance and Perception of Color in Architectural Spaces
Esther Hagenlocher (US) 

An Order System Based on Material Perception which Adds Dimensions to Surface Color Perception 
Tien-Rein Lee, Vincent C. Sun (TW)

Exercises of Chromatic Investigation and Analysis based on the Munsell Color System
Milena Quattrer, Anna Paula, Silva Gouveia (BR)