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The Role of Color in Architecture: Visual Effects and Psychological Stimuli

Colors and their perceptions are responsible for a series of conscious and subconscious stimuli in our psycho-spatial relationship. Despite its presence and its variations, it is present in all places. Have you ever wondered what its role is in architecture?

As well as the constructive elements that make up an architectural object, the application of colors on surfaces also influences the user's experience of the space. According to Israel Pedrosa, "a colorful sensation is produced by the nuances of light refracted or reflected by a material, commonly the word color is designated to those shades that function as stimuli in a chromatic sensation." [1]

Watt Family Innovation Center / Perkins+Will

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  • Interior Designers: Perkins and Will
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  77000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
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The Architectural League Announces Emerging Voices of 2017

Each year, The Architectural League of New York awards its prestigious Emerging Voices award to eight practices across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, whose work “represents the best of its kind, and addresses larger issues within architecture, landscape, and the built environment."

This is Emerging Voices' 35th year running, with the competition organized by League Program Director Anne Rieselbach and reviewed by an esteemed jury.

"The 2017 Voices personify the versatility of contemporary practice. Many firms take on multiple roles of designer, developer, and/or builder to address pressing issues in housing, institutional design, and the public realm. They embrace material experimentation, challenging sites, and an economy of means within budgetary constraints to create exemplary architecture," said Rieselbach.

This year’s recipients are…

La Tellera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael GamoWhistler Cabin / Scott and Scott Architects. Image © Scott and Scott ArchitectsMA House / Cadaval & Solà-Morales. Image © Sandra PereznietoTreehouse / LEVER Architecture. Image © Lara Swimmer+ 9

Studio Gang, SANAA Among Winners of 2017 AIA Institute Honor Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have named 18 architectural and interior projects as recipients of the 2017 Institute Honor Awards, the profession’s highest recognition for excellence in design.

According to the AIA, “the 2017 Architecture program celebrates the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These stunning projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and highlight the many ways buildings and spaces can improve our lives.”

The awarded projects were selected from nearly 700 submissions. The winners will be honored at the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.

12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2016 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

This year's theme was “Visioning and Re-Visioning," which focused on "the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence each other." The AIA also notes that education facility design may now be more important than ever, as recent studies have indicated that a positive learning environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

AIA Names 6 US Libraries as 2015's Best

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has revealed six libraries they believe to be the year's best. In collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA), the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards are intended to promote and honor exceptional designs in library architecture. Taking into account the evolving role of the library, these six award recipients are believed to have elevated the institution to one of congregation and community-specific programs.

See the winning designs after the break.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library and Learning Center / Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. Image © Timothy HursleyVancouver Community Library / The Miller Hull Partnership. Image © Benjamin BenschneiderSlover Library / Newman Architects with Tymoff + Moss Architects. Image © Newman ArchitectsMission Branch Library / Muñoz and Company. Image © Chris Cooper+ 12

Nemours Children’s Hospital / Stanley Beaman & Sears + Perkins and Will

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Adamsville Regional Health Center / Stanley Beaman & Sears

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Green Square Parking Deck / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Triangle Brick Headquarters / Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee

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Currier Museum of Art / Ann Beha Architects

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Manchester, United States
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  33000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Shildan