Urban Screens

Based on the observation of a number urban screens, I realised that most of the screens reflect and highlight the space and its activities while some are an extension of the a certain project. There are few points noted through my readings of The Relationship between People and Urban Space in an Urban Space by Basauli Umar Lubis and Litta Primasari that further emphasis on the above observations.

“Urban screens that display moving images capture the activities and movements of people in public spaces by offering an expansion of space, a virtual space.”

“Indirectly, the space character is formed by what and how the public interacts with the media shown on these screens.”

“The experience of space in the urban space is directly affected by what is seen and how to view it.”

“Vision and motion are interrelated and become important aspects of the interaction between urban space and urban screens.”

“Urban screen helps to shape the movement in urban space.”


On a side note, there is a digital art installation that’s happening at National Museum of Singapore‘s Glass Rotunda on 10 Dec by teamLab that features William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings as well as Robert Zhao’s photography.

Artist's impression of the installation

Artist’s impression of the installation

Experience of Colour

Colour, Environment and Human Responses: An Interdisciplinary Understanding of Color and Its Use as a Beneficial Element in the Design of the Architectural Environment by Frank H. Mahnke, Published by John Wiley & Sons, 1996

(Frank H. Mahnke is an environmental designer and consultant for architectural)

“To perceive colours means to “experience”; to become conscious or aware.” (Page 10) Many factors are involved in this process in both conscious and unconscious level that makes it hard to define the experience in a systematic way. Thus the “Colour Experience” Pyramid is created with an assumption of six basic interrelated factors that influence the experience of perceived colours.

Biological Reaction to a Colour Stimulus

Psychological aspect where it covers the natural effects of nature and its environment (animals and plants) of which this reaction is beyond anyone’s control.

Collective Unconsciousness

Personal experiences.

Conscious Symbolism – Associations

Associations and symbolisms made on a conscious level.

Cultural Influences and Mannerisms

Colours related to certain cultures, groups and regions.

Influence of Trends, Fashions and Styles

Temporal effect where colour changes to adapt to a particular time; industries such as fashion, products, interior design, architecture, etc.

Personal Relationship

Personal likes and dislikes.