2(6)/1999, p. 69

Małgorzata B±kowska

Participation in creating the colour of architectural environment

    The contemporary urban environment could be difficult or even impossible to understand for most of its inhabitants. Investigations con­ducted by scientists during the last fifty years concerning such nega­tive consequences as frustration, phenomenon of anonymity and alie­nation, appreciate the significance of understanding the built environ­ment (knowing) and people's capacity to interact effectively with it (cognition). The creative use of colour in the architectural environ­ment can provide some solutions to the problems. The ideas and me­thods developed by the architecture of participation employ the activi­ties and creative power of inhabitants. Many examples of successful projects (e.g. Byker Estate by R. Erskine, activity of STERN organisation in Germany, recent "Hanover Experiment" by Lindener Baukan. tor) eon firm that colour planning is one of the most important points of the urban participation. Simultaneously, complex projects of color improving in urban environment undertaken by Michael Lancaster in Great Britain always include presentation of the project by public exhibition and implementation procedures, which take place through agreement and local partieipants. The paper refers to the colour conservation study of the small seaside town of Ilfracombe by M. Lan. caster.