Architecture and the Significance of the Surface

  • Lois Swirnoff
Part of the Design Science Collection book series (DSC)


While color appears to lie on the surface, it is not superficial. It signals a sense of space, or assigns form in perception, and connotes meaning by association.


Picture Plane Western Perspective Yellow Ochre Dimensional Color Chrome Green 
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    S. Edgerton, The Renaissance Rediscovery of Linear Perspective (Boston: Basic Books, 1975). The significance of perspective here lies in the rediscovery of classical optics. The function of the eye, by its technological extension, leads to the development of tools of great accuracy. Consequently, navigational implements are developed, which make possible the discovery of the new world, followed by the telescope, etc., and the exponential expansion of human spatial horizons.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois Swirnoff
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  1. 1.Department of Art, Design, and Art HistoryUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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