The Positive Impact of Colour

Colour in the built environment has the capacity to add a sense of joy and happiness. In light of this, I was honoured to participate in the panel discussion ‘The Architecture of Happiness’. This Architecture Hub panel discussion was held at the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas on Saturday 19 October 2019.

SCCI’s Architecture Hub is an annual event. Bringing together different perspectives and creative ideas, discussions are lively and insightful.

My focus in this panel discussion was colour and its role beyond aesthetics in the built environment. Specifically, colour has the capacity to activate urban spaces and encourage engagement. In particular, colour can add a sense of joy, playfulness and happiness. On a more practical note, colour can also be applied to support orientation and wayfinding strategies.

At the 2019 SCCI ‘The Architecture of Human Happiness’ hub, the session’s moderator was Prof Cameron Bruhn. Also on the panel was Adam Haddow (SJB) and George Livissianis.

SCCI is located at 20 Goodhope Street, Paddington, Sydney. It’s a unique, event-based cultural enterprise that has enhanced architecture and fashion discourse. As such, SCCI provides a platform for the exchange of ideas within the broader framework of culture.

Dr Gene Sherman founded SCCI. The centre holds two annual ‘Hubs’ and each features a concentrated two-week program. These two hub focus on Fashion (April/May) and Architecture (September/October). A renowned figure in the Sydney art scene, Dr Sherman established Sherman Galleries in 1986. In 2008, she founded the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation and established SCCI ten years later.