Galyna McLellan
Mirko Guaralda


The increasing complexity of urban colour and growing recognition of its psychological effects prompts rethinking of the current conceptual and methodological approaches to environmental colour design. Contemporary designers are challenged to understand how evolving colour knowledge can be integrated with the fundamentals of colour design. This paper aims to elaborate on the concept of environmental colour composition (ECC) and outlines an alternative approach to colour design in urban environments. A better understanding of the dynamic relationships between the tangible and perceptual elements of an ECC can bring new meaning to the consideration of colour as an integral component of city design. The proposed concepts of environmental colour events and scenarios provide a foundation for both further theoretical inquiry and practical application of synthesised colour knowledge in the design of urban environments.


How to Cite
McLellan, G. and Guaralda, M. (2018) “Exploring Environmental Colour Design in Urban Contexts”, The Journal of Public Space, 3(1), pp. 93–102. doi: 10.5204/jps.v3i1.320.
Author Biographies

Galyna McLellan, Queensland University of Technology

Galyna McLellan is an architect and educator with extensive experience in teaching architectural and interior design in several universities in Ukraine and Australia. She completed her Master in Urban Design and PhD at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia. The topic of a thesis was “Contemporary Environmental Colour Praxis in Urban Contexts” with reflected her professional interest in psychology and ethical aspects of urban design. She is currently lecturing at QUT and involved in UNAA Queensland programs.

Mirko Guaralda, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Mirko Guaralda is Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology; his background includes experience in architectural design, landscape architecture and urban design. Before joining academia full time, Mirko has been working in industry and local government; he has been involved in a wide range of projects at different scales, from small dwellings and gardens, to new estates and urban strategic planning. Since 2001 Mirko has been involved in research projects in Australia as well as in Italy, his home country, and so far has received over $500,000.00 in funding for his work on cities and communities. He is currently research associate with QUT Design Lab, and the Urban Informatics Research group at QUT.


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