Posted by Richard Haut on June 14, 2003 at 13:25:08:
In Reply to: Re: Why is Islamic Architecture COLORFUL? Due in 4 hours, HELP! posted by Jim on June 14, 2003 at 13:12:26:
very interesting, but I would question your skin-colour theory. As someone who moved from grey London to the sunny Mediterranean, I believe that it is to do with the light and the general brightness of the weather.
the most significant "colour" down here is white, and there is a curious example which illustrates the difference. Here in Nice there is a very fine Art Deco post office, but it is finished in brick. This looks strange - and I found out the reason: the building had originally been designed for the town of Lille, right in the north of France. Northern colours look sad in sunlight.
(Is one to turn your theory around and say that the paler the skin, the drearier the people ? No ? Ever see a "deep" Swedish film ?)
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