AIC 2019 Proceedings

AIC 2019 



AIC 2019 Midterm Meeting, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Colour and Landscape   
15–17 October 2019   
Venue: University of Belgrano, Zabala Street Nr. 1837, Belgrano Neighbourhood, Buenos Aires City  
Organization: Grupo Argentino del Color (GAC)

AIC Study Group on Environmental Colour Design (ECD) Study Group Meeting 
Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 7–8pm
Venue: Universidad de Belgrano, Zabala 1837, Buenos Aires Room: Roca 
Theme: Color landscapes around the world

We invite you to discuss with us habitat palettes of built and natural environments inspired by the methodology "The Geography of Colour" elaborated by Jean-Philippe Lenclos. 

As an international study group, we would like to discuss with you how geography, geology, climate, light, sociocultural behaviour, traditions of inhabitants, and construction technologies uniquely shape the chromatic character of an urban landscape, an architectural environment.  

5-minute talk on a specific place (a district, a town, a city, a region, or a country). The goal is to present a colour synthesis of a specific site at a given time to shed light upon the role of color in shaping local cultural identity. If you are not participating in the AIC 2019, you are welcome to send us a presentation of max. 5 slides (ppt). 

1. Jinghong Wang (China) – Book presentation: Generalized Color Trilogy, 2019.

2. Alex Booker (Norway): Time Lapse Films: how light changes the colours of an urban landscape over the course of a day; 

3. Kine Angelo (Norway): S>C – Proposing a Formula for Harmonic Urban Colour Composition;

4. Aiping Gou (China): Color Identity in Shanghai, with North Bound as an Example;

5. Elisa Cordero-Jahr (Chile): Chromatic universes for Chile's heritage;

6. Malvina Arrarte-Grau (Peru): Change in appearance of a material sample-based colour from the North of Peru;

7. Imara Duarte (Brazil): Brief Geography of Color in Sertanejo Art Deco;

8. Ana Rezende (Brasil): Bases for the development of a chromatic project for a degenerated urban area;

9. Carla Lobo (Portugal): Portugal, country of pottery walls: azulejo’s (tiles) - colour in urban environments; 

10. Doreen Balabanoff (Canada): The Geography of Colour: colour identity of place;

11. Xavière Ollier (France): Color Chart: Methodology; 

12. Verena M. Schindler (Switzerland): Colour Culture in Winterthur – Book presentation: Farbraum Stadt: Farbkultur in Winterthur, 2019.

SG ECD Chairs:  Verena M. Schindler, Yulia A. Griber 

Furthermore, many other SG ECD members participated in the AIC 2019. 

Robert W. G. Hunt Poster Awards at AIC 2019 

The three Robert W. G. Hunt Poster Awards were also given to SG ECD members: 

1) Glenn McArthur (CA): Local colour and patterns (essence of place); 
2) Yen-Ching Tseng, Yuh-Chang Wei, Monica Kuo, Ya-Ping Kuo, and Wen-Guey Kuo (TW): A case study on environmental landscape color harmony via the Zhengbin Fishing Port color scheme; and, 
3) Ana Torres-Barchino, Juan Serra-Lluch, and Anna Delcampo-Carda (ES): Chromatic applications in interior spaces for the elderly in the P. Borja Geriatric Center of the Fontilles Foundation.

AIC 2019 Seminar on Ambiences

Towards a Theory of Colour and Light Ambiences in Built and Natural Environments

Date: 15 October 2019, 3–4:40pm

How do we approach the continuously fluctuating colour and light complexity of a city, a district, an urban space, or a natural landscape? The aim of this seminar is to study analytical and methodological approaches to colour and light and to explore and discuss ways of creating ambience – the character, mood, special quality, or atmosphere of a place – in the natural landscape or in an interior or exterior space in the built environment. The basis for the study of colour and light ambiences in these different situations is gained through insights from different points of view into how to create a relationship between colour, light, and materials.

Looking back to the 1920s and 1930s reveals a growing interest in how colour and light shape the human environment. Mutually inquiring into these historical principles and those evident today, the aim is to identify and track which colour and light components have had longevity and which concepts and applications have newly appeared as well as disappeared. Our questions include: What has survived, but is actually out of date and what has endured and still seems appropriate to our times? What new means of colour and light technology have appeared in the 21st century to create contemporary colour and light ambiences?

We also aim to discuss whether the colour and light of a building can be changed easily. Colours can become a fad, i.e., fashionable. Some colours are so unusual (Antoni Gaudí) that they appear to be good perennially. Other architectural colours are exceptional (Le Corbusier) and are therefore also considered to be eternally pleasing. Here we consider how fashionable or stylish colour and light should be in new buildings and in architectural in general and at what cost buildings should be fashionable.

As we further inquire into the principles creating colour and light ambiences in architecture, urban space, the built environment, and the natural landscape, we will consider the implications of Jean-François Augoyard's claim that for three decades the search for ambience (la maîtrise des ambiances) has been part of architectural education. The qualities of light, sound, ventilation, material, and movement are some of the main features of ambience. However, ambience is more than a product of technique and technology, it is the trigger for our overall response. Here ambiences – like cities – can be attractive, pretty, or ugly.

The principles behind how to generate – and critically sense – such features and effects will be developed in this seminar in order to ultimately distinguish elements for forming a theory of colour and light ambiences.

Date: 15–17 October 2019 Venue: AIC 2019 Midterm Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina Language: English Contact:

The seminar's theme is related to the topic of the Midterm Meeting of the International Colour Association, AIC 2019 "Colour and Landscape",

Accepted full papers will be reviewed and published in the AIC Conference Proceedings. 

Organizers: Verena M. Schindler, Yulia A. Griber, José Luis Caivano



First Russian Congress on Color 2019 

Date: 18–20 September 2019 
Venue: Smolensk State University, Russia 

Color is an important and powerful communication tool in daily life. Color plays a vital role in understanding our social, psychological and cultural environments. Color helps us to perceive, identify and understand the human, built and natural environments. Color is important to the aesthetics of a product. With recent technological developments and new scientific discoveries and inventions, color has become a main actor in the physical, digital and virtual world. This conference aims at addressing all these relevant contemporary fields of research.

Color and Environment
Color in Communication
Color in Art
Color Psychology
Color Sociology
Color Science and Technology
Color in Product Design

Smolensk State University; 
Smolensk State University Research and Education Center "Color Lab"; 
AIC Study Group on Environmental Color Design; and,
Publishing House "Soglasiye".

SCHINDLER Verena M., GRIBER Yulia A. (Eds.) 2019. The Scientific Notes of the Color Society of Russia. Vol. 1. English Papers: Proceedings of the First Russian Congress on Color. Smolensk: Smolensk State University Publishing House. ISBN 978-5-88018-642-6 (English) info

GRIBER Yulia A., SCHINDLER Verena M. (Eds.) 2019. Social Transformation. Issue 30. Russian Papers: Proceedings of the First Russian Congress on Color. Smolensk: Smolensk State University Publishing House. ISBN 978-5-88018-433-0 (Russian) info

GRIBER Yulia A., SCHINDLER Verena M. (Eds.) 2019. Book of Abstracts of the First Russian Congress on Color. Consent Publishing House LLC. ISBN 978-5-907038-43-1 (Russian/English) info


GRIBER Yulia A., SCHINDLER Verena M. 2020. The First Russian Congress on Color. Color Research and ApplicationVolume 45, Issue 1, pages 183–185. 
DOI: 10.1002/col.22452