Archinect - News 2015-05-24T11:36:38-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/126358573/manchester-man-gets-potholes-fixed-by-drawing-giant-penises-around-them Manchester man gets potholes fixed by drawing giant penises around them Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-28T13:22:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T21:30:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4d/4d911886de2fe558ab1c0d3b2e454058.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After claiming he saw his friends injured in pothole-related bike accidents, one anonymous resident has taken matters into his own hands. He goes by Wanksy. And using what appears to be an industrial level chalk, he draws penises around the potholes, creating moments of visual terrorism that the city can&rsquo;t ignore. [...] within 48 hours of Wanksy&rsquo;s efforts, many of Manchester&rsquo;s problematic potholes, which had been a nuisance for years, were filled. Within a week, even more were fixed.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This recent case of vandalism for the public good, albeit juvenile and a bit obscene, seems to have gotten the job done. It's hard to make the case that this is the best tactic for enacting public safety measures, but Wanksy seems to have hit a sweet spot of using public shaming and vandalism to increase awareness and provoke action. Plus, it's way funnier than a hashtag.</p><p>Here are a few examples of Wanksy's public work:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a90e3c7cf0ffb2b874099f35c7a9d34b.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8d/8decb6bf5928cc3013baa95efe18c0cd.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cd/cdc2b02b1023992856bbabe98f8c51bd.jpg"></p><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/123372967/kant-is-a-moron-graffitied-on-the-philosopher-s-home "Kant is a moron" graffitied on the philosopher's home Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-20T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T23:39:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/73/732917e1fb256651b53a50a072c1eda4.jpg" width="514" height="316" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Russian police say they're looking for the intellectually minded miscreants who graffitied "Kant is a moron"&mdash;along with a flower and heart&mdash;on the philosopher's home outside Kaliningrad. With Arthur Schopenhauer dead for 155 years, however, authorities start off with few strong leads.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The derelict house does look like an easy target for vandalism, but apparently the philosopher never even actually lived inside.&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;points out that the local structure Kant lived in was destroyed sometime in the 19th century, and the tagged building was in fact a new one built on the same site. Which, apparently, relieves&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic </em>of treating this as a preservationist issue, and instead gives free reign to cram in as many of Kant's philosophical principles as possible. See below:</p><ul><li>"They say<strong> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critique_of_Pure_Reason" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">no reason, pure or otherwise</a></strong>, was given for the crime."</li><li>"Even the timing of the crime is unclear&mdash;journalists discovered the note, <a href="http://people.whitman.edu/~frierspr/kants_bemerkungen1.htm" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>at once crude and rather refined</strong></a>, while exploring Kant's derelict home."</li><li>"But&nbsp;for those who would reclaim the discipline's more raucous reputation of the past, the graffiti is perhaps a positive sign, and maybe the first salvo in a war between Situationists&nbsp;and Enlightenment thinkers. Indeed, a critic of Kant's ideas might feel a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>categorical imperative</strong></a> to tak...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/121203889/detroit-s-struggle-to-distinguish-between-graffiti-boo-and-murals-yay Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!) Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T14:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:34:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/93/93cf7357b0ac146920632ea4bb637045.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But how to draw the distinction between unauthorized graffiti and murals? Late last year, city officials issued thousands of dollars worth of fines before admitting they couldn't tell the difference between vandalism and authorized artwork (they eventually dismissed the fines). To correct this,&nbsp;Casta&ntilde;eda-L&oacute;pez says the city is working on the seemingly Herculean task of creating a registry for all Detroit's existing street art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104956551/vandals-break-into-the-historic-new-york-state-pavilion-and-set-fire-to-a-stolen-van-damaging-the-50-year-old-terrazzo-map Vandals break into the historic New York State Pavilion and set fire to a stolen van, damaging the 50-year-old terrazzo map Archinect 2014-07-24T18:41:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T18:42:40-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bf/bfde12d5681ff5f4255b81bfa06288a2.jpg" width="514" height="513" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals broke into the historic New York State Pavilion last weekend, setting a stolen van on fire and damaging a piece of its deteriorating terrazzo map, park watchdogs said. The shocking mayhem in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was heartbreaking for volunteers who have been working for years to spruce up the aging 1964 World&rsquo;s Fair relic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102325797/google-adds-graffiti-to-its-art-portfolio Google Adds Graffiti to Its Art Portfolio Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-20T14:10:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T21:22:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a8/a8e8615bac7269e31a796c76580228d9.jpg" width="514" height="258" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using images provided by cultural organizations worldwide, some of which were captured with Google&rsquo;s Street View camera technology, [the Google Cultural Institute's Street Art Project] includes street art from around the globe, including work that no longer exists [...] Google is the latest organization to wade into debates about how or whether to institutionalize, let alone commercialize, art that is ephemeral and often willfully created subversively.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/91841795/le-corbusier-s-ronchamp-chapel-vandalized Le Corbusier's Ronchamp Chapel vandalized Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-01-22T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-01-22T18:00:39-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3h/3h4jos0oc534gv8c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Vandals have smashed an &lsquo;irreplaceable&rsquo; stained-glass window after breaking into Le Corbusier&rsquo;s Ronchamp Chapel in eastern France. The hand-painted, coloured glass window designed by the Swiss architect in the early 1950s was destroyed, it is understood, as the intruders forced entry into the famous Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut. Once inside the vandals lifted a concrete collection box and threw it outside.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/67193537/vandalism-at-the-louvre-lens-references-architects-engineers-for-9-11-truth-group Vandalism at the Louvre Lens references "Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth" group Archinect 2013-02-08T20:29:00-05:00 >2013-02-09T15:30:06-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cp/cpwp7qyffauz2jme.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The woman wrote &ldquo;AE911&rdquo; on the bottom right-hand corner of the painting before she was challenged by a security guard and a visitor. A Louvre conservation expert cleaned off the writing yesterday and the unharmed painting will be on show to the public once again this morning. &ldquo;AE911Truth&rdquo; is the name of a website for Architects &amp; Engineers for 9/11 Truth, a group which claims that the official version of the terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington on 11 September 2001 is a cover-up.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53064775/stolen-lettering-from-wright-s-unity-temple-re-created-restored Stolen lettering from Wright's Unity Temple re-created, restored Archinect 2012-07-06T15:04:00-04:00 >2012-07-06T17:47:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sk/skhowo0s8104sdt1.jpg" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Soon after the September 2010 theft, leaders of the Unitarian Universalist church and the restoration foundation assembled a team of architects, Wright scholars and others to help design precise replicas of the letters and determine how to attach them to the structure. After extensive research, replicas were crafted and installed in May. As shiny as experts believe the originals looked when the church was dedicated in 1909, the new letters look brighter than the stolen ones...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>