Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Beijing, the Forbidden City. La Ciudad Prohibida

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.
In my picture, the red as a meaning of " forbidden", " beware of" . The confusion for a city that is not clear for everybody. But, they can read the rectangle of walls enclosing the forbidden, they are quite visible.
¨It is quite clear, though, that colors generally do have a meaning both in themselves, by contrast with noncolors, and in terms of increasing the redundancy of other cues. For example in ancient Peking most of the city was low and grey, the sacred and hierarchically important section was centrally located, larger in scale, more elaborate and higher, and the use of colors were restricted to that section.¨ Amos Rapoport. The Meanings of the Built Environment. A Nonverbal Communication Approach. P.113. California, 1982

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