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ISBN-13: 978-0471286677 ISBN-10: 0471286672 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471286672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471286677
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Interdisciplinary Understanding of Color and Its Use as a Beneficial Element in the Design of the Architectural Environment

Written primarily for professionals involved in the planning and design of public facilities, Color, Environment, and Human Response examines the properties and effects of color, and makes specific recommendations for the use of color in environments ranging from school gymnasiums to hospital EKG rooms to industrial foundries.

The first part of this practical and useful guide discusses the psychological and physiological effects of color, light, and environmental conditions on the human organism. This information is based on the most up-to-date international man/environment research available. Drawing from studies in fields that seem unrelated to architecture—fields such as natural science, color theory, technology, biology, medicine, and psychology—Mr. Mahnke combines hard scientific evidence with empirical studies and his own professional experience as a color consultant to create a fascinating guide to the purposeful use of color. Here he examines:

  • The psychological effects of color
  • Color fundamentals
  • Biological effects of light
  • Analysis of design goals

In the second part of Color, Environment, and Human Response, Mr. Mahnke gives practical advice on the use of color and light for specific purposes in a broad scope of environments. From hospitals to industrial workplaces, each environment is thoroughly covered function-by-function. The chapter on healthcare facilities, for example, includes advice for every area from the entrance lobby, to laboratories, to staff lounges, to intensive care. Just a few of the many built environments covered in illuminating detail include:

  • Offices and computer workstations
  • Schools
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Restaurants and food display
  • Industrial work environments
  • Color for exteriors

Whether you're an architect, designer, city planner, lighting engineer, or color consultant, you'll learn how to create healthy and productive environments with Color, Environment, and Human Response.

About the Author

Frank H. Mahnke is President of the International Association of Color Consultants/Designers for which he conducts seminars on the psychological and physiological effects of color, light, and human reaction to the built environment. He is also the founder and director of the American Information Center for Color and Environment in San Diego, California. Mr. Mahnke is an environmental designer and consultant for architectural projects in the private sector as well as for local, state, and federal government.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book. It's very interesting and was the first book of it's kind that I have read. I gives color and light suggestions for different environments such as schools, office spaces, etc. It gives detailed scientific information about why these colors and types of light are good to use in these environments that is easy to understand. I think this book is a must have for all interior designers who care about the effects the environment they design will have on the people that will be in it!
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By harinezumi on January 31, 2015
Format: Hardcover
contents seem to be good (still reading) but the print quality is very poor for such a book. Only 16 color printed pages, with thiny images (3 or 4 each page, about 8 cm the wider) printed with faded colors. The b/w pages are on cheap paper. Honestly, my home printer is much better, and this is supposed to be a book on colors.
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By lulu on February 24, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I should have reviewed this more before I jumped to buy it. Much more than I needed. It will be donated to the local library. My mistakes with books are never wasted.
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0 of 57 people found the following review helpful By sgiers@inil.com on July 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Help! My cousin in Brazil is trying to contact the author of this book. The letter he sent was returned to him as the address being no good. He had gotten the address out of the back of the book. Does anyone know how to contact the author?
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