Aesthetic thresholds and blackening of stone buildings

Brimblecombe, Peter and Grossi, Carlota (2005) Aesthetic thresholds and blackening of stone buildings. Science of the Total Environment, 349 (1-3). pp. 175-189. ISSN 1879-1026

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This work investigates public perception of the blackening of light coloured stone historic buildings in some European countries. It used on-site questionnaires to explore the perceived lightness of the façades in terms of opinions that the building is dirty or needs cleaning. There was a clear relation between opinions about the dirtiness of a building and views that it should be cleaned. Visitors to buildings found the assignment of colour or a grey scale value to buildings relatively easy despite the fact that they are typically made up of many shades. There was a strong relationship between the perceived lightness of a building and the opinion that it was dirty. This relationship was used to establish potential levels of blackening that may be publicly acceptable and propose some aesthetic thresholds. Such thresholds suggest approaches to setting limit values for elemental carbon in the air, such that significant buildings do not become unacceptably discoloured. Developments of this kind contribute to the regulation of non health aspects of air pollution and aid decision making in the management of significant buildings.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (former - to 2017)
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Health Promotion
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2011 11:55
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 02:14
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2005.01.009

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