Architecture’s Color Games: investigating Wittgenstein’s color philosophy, by Carolyn Fahey

Wittgenstein’s spatially defined investigations of transparency provide the basis for understanding how accounts of color in architecture are present and active. Through a series of investigations Wittgenstein engages color as an experiential phenomenon of our being in the world. He engages many ordinary questions surrounding the physics of energy, the physiology of the body, and the propensities of cognition, arriving at a position in which color is a concept in itself. The color concept, the point of departure in this analysis, is a socio-cultural construction, constructed through language-games and its grammar. The analysis presented here looks to architecture’s contemporary language-game in an effort to both to identify color concepts and to reveal these concepts’ role and position in the contemporary situation. In doing so, spatial interpretation is shown as the means through which a color concept has both meaning and use in architecture.

Carolyn Fahey

Harvard Citation Guide: Fahey, C. (2014) Architecture’s Color Games: investigating Wittgenstein’s color philosophy, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 19 May 2014, Available at: [Accessed: 01 June 2014].

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