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What is the importance of colour, texture and play in urban design?

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Natasha Blok brings together great photographs of an amazing selection of colours, textures and happenings in urban environments.

Part of the Visual spectacle & tactile texture of urban places event organised by ARCC network.

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What is the importance of colour, texture and play in urban design?

  1. 1. What is the Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design? Natasha Blok - @NBlok1 Sensory Freelancer including: art, science, educa4on, food & wellbeing Squiggle of Senses - @Squiggle_Senses A new pla;orm to connect, enjoy & learn through the senses. Extending the curiosity & sensory delights of childhood to all walks of life. Run time: just under 5 minutes
  2. 2. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Now? London grey tone skyscape Source: www.theguardian.com
  3. 3. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - A more colourful London Cityscape, by Scott E Barbour Source: www.fineartamerica.com
  4. 4. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - New structures being built in London (L-R): One Blackfriars, One Nine Elms, ‘Cucumber’, ‘Can of Ham’, ‘The Scalpel’ Source: http://www.timeout.com/
  5. 5. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - New structures being built in London (L-R): Canaletto The Stage, Manhattan Loft Gardens,The Herzog & de Meuron Building Source: http://www.timeout.com
  6. 6. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Swing at a bus stop, part of Bruno Taylor’s ‘Playful Spaces’ art project, London Source: http://www.crookedbrains.net/2009/01/bus_30.html
  7. 7. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Slide to the Train, designed by HIK Ontwepers, Utrecht Source: http://popupcity.net/trend-10-urbanism-made-to-like/
  8. 8. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Musical steps from Volksvagen’s “The Fun Theory”, Stockholm, Sweden Source: http://makecalgary.com/?p=17461
  9. 9. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Decision slides, Carsten Höller, Hayward Gallery, London Source: http://www.thislittlepiggy.london/carsten-holler-decision-hayward-gallery/
  10. 10. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Urban Flower Field, Minnesota, America, photo by David Bowman Source: http:// www.dwell.com/profiles/article/artist-using-playful-designs-reimagine-public-space-twin-cities#1
  11. 11. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - OakOak, street artist in St. Etienne, France Source: http://inhabitat.com/oakoaks-urban- interventions-turn-crumbling-buildings-into-playful-games-in-france/urban-interventions-oakoak-13/
  12. 12. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - OakOak, street artist in St. Etienne, France Source: http://inhabitat.com/oakoaks-urban- interventions-turn-crumbling-buildings-into-playful-games-in-france/urban-interventions-oakoak-13/
  13. 13. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - OakOak, street artist in St. Etienne, France Source: http://inhabitat.com/oakoaks-urban- interventions-turn-crumbling-buildings-into-playful-games-in-france/urban-interventions-oakoak-13/
  14. 14. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Fra Bianosock, street artist, Milan, Italy Source: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/fra-biancoshock-ephemeralism
  15. 15. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Pneumàtic’s Salvaged Tire Installations, Barcelona Source: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/05/salvaged-tire-installations-pneumatic/
  16. 16. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Pneumàtic’s Salvaged Tire Installations, Barcelona Source: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/05/salvaged-tire-installations-pneumatic/
  17. 17. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Fra Bianosock, street artist, Milan, Italy Source: http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/fra-biancoshock-ephemeralism
  18. 18. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Interactive bench, designed by The Urban Conga, America Source: http://www.marvelbuilding.com/playful-bench-lets-play-music-strangers-sit-play.html
  19. 19. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Net BlowUp art installation, Numen Source: https://thewordslover.wordpress.com/tag/architecture/
  20. 20. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Jelly St Paul’s Cathedral by Bompas and Parr, London Source: Bompas and Parr
  21. 21. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Jelly Buckingham Palace by Bompas and Parr, London Source: Bompas and Parr
  22. 22. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Jelly River, Bompas and Parr, London Source: http://egelnickandwebb.com/bompas-parr/
  23. 23. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Credit Valley Hospital, Ontario by Farrow Partners Source: http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/features/features-articles/
  24. 24. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Custore Pavilion, Poland, Anna Dobek & Mateusz Wojcicki, photography Paulina Sasinowska
  25. 25. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Parq Restaurant and Nightclub, designed by Davis Ink, photo Mike Newton Source: https://restaurantandbardesign.com/2015/03/23/parq-restaurant-nightclub-davis-ink/
  26. 26. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Parq Restaurant and Nightclub, designed by Davis Ink, photo Mike Newton Source: https://restaurantandbardesign.com/2015/03/23/parq-restaurant-nightclub-davis-ink/
  27. 27. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Interactive office, Disney Headquarters, designed by Clive Wilkinson Source: http://dornob.com/playful-office-interior-fit-for-childrens-toy-company/
  28. 28. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Moveable room dividers, Disney Headquarters, designed by Clive Wilkinson Source: http://dornob.com/playful-office-interior-fit-for-childrens-toy-company/
  29. 29. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Textured house, designed by 24H > Architecture, Leyden, The Netherlands Source: http:// www.home-reviews.com/amazing-canyon-residence-in-the-netherlands-by-24h-architecture
  30. 30. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, Jouin Manku Design Studio Source: https://restaurantandbardesign.com/2015/02/25/plaza-athenee-jouin-manku/
  31. 31. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Orange Crush, made of pool noodles, Calgary Mayor’s Urban Design award winner Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/mayors-design-awards-calgary-2015-1.3307602
  32. 32. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design -  Mutiara Bistari Kindergarten, Project, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia by Sazlin Aida Source: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Playful-Kindergarten/1280379
  33. 33. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Cat shaped school, Karlsruhe, German Source: http://cutedecision.com/cat-shaped-school-school-cat-by-german-architects/
  34. 34. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Annual Umbrella Sky Project, Rua Luis de Camões, Águeda, Portugal Source: http://www.worldofwanderlust.com/top-colorful-places-in-world/
  35. 35. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Neal’s Yard, London Source: http://www.juliajones.co.uk/2012/09/sick-of-the-rain-think-of-colour/colourful-architecture-4/
  36. 36. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Notting Hill coloured houses, London Source: http://www.hanoverprivateoffice.com/about/property-guides/london/notting-hill
  37. 37. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - La Boca, Buenos Aires Source: http://blog.decoratorsnotebook.co.uk/architecture/
  38. 38. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Bo-Kaap, South Africa Source: http://www.momondo.co.uk/inspiration/the-8-most-colourful-cities/#xvZA8WP6eTc1DHWz.97
  39. 39. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Reversible Density Lofts by Arakawa & Gins, Tokyo Japan Source: https://soniaangus.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/playful-architecture/
  40. 40. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - View over Barcelona, Spain Source: http://archwall.xyz/barcelona-spain-colourful-travel-architecture-picture-gallery/
  41. 41. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Funnel Wall, plays music when it rains, Dresden, Germany Source: http://ingeniumetars.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/funnel-wall.html
  42. 42. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Westminster Catherdral, Before and after the Lumiere Festival Source: http://www.twitter.com
  43. 43. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Júzcar, painted blue for Smurfs movie, stayed that way by choice, Spain Source: http://www.norwegian.com/magazine/features/2013/05/fifty-shades-of-everything
  44. 44. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Guanjuato, Mexico Source: http://ciee.typepad.com/shay/2011/08/the-colors-of-guanajuato-mexico.html/
  45. 45. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Over 209 houses by German Crew, Palmitas in Pachuca, Mexico Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/centralamericaandthecaribbean/mexico
  46. 46. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Favela painting, by Hass & Hahn, Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Source: http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/favela-painting-project
  47. 47. Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses Importance of Colour, Texture and Play in Urban Design - Panic Room by Tilt, Au Vieux Panier Hotel, France, photography by Big Addict Source: http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/panic-room-by-tilt
  48. 48. What’s your opinion? Thank you for your time Natasha Blok @NBlok1 Squiggle of Senses @Squiggle_Senses

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