A short version of the story
Richard Ankrom is an artist and sign painter. One day he was driving north on the 110 freeway in LA. He missed the exit to the Interstate 5 North he wanted to take and got lost. He later understood that the I-5 exit was not indicated on the green overhead sign. In 2001 he crafted the I-5 North sign himself. With a group of friends he assembled the sign at the place where it supposed to be.
The nice part of the story
The company running the freeway found out about the sign from an article in a local newspaper. Ankrom had hoped he could get his sign back after they took it down; he wanted to hang it in an art gallery. However, the company didn’t take the sign down. The guerrilla sign had passed the inspection.
The full story and an update on the replacement of the sign with improvements in 2009.
A funny and a little mad road classification exercise.
David Roberts and Elaine Kuok live in a different neighborhood every month without having a home of their own. This is the second of five portraits of people who are pioneering new ways of living in cities.
The first portrait shared on this blog was on Living in net cafés
This is part of Home Economics, presented at the British Pavilion at the Venice architecture biennale 2016.
Via ‘How we live now‘ of The Guardian
i Cafe Akibaplace – provides showers, meals, clothes and everything else you might need for spending a night in Japan’s capital. This is via the Guardian’s series on the revolution in urban living.
Ian Sinclair on his new book The Last London
This is via LRB. Check out these links on the LRB-Sinclair relationship:
The Last London: http://lrb.me/xuk
Swimming on the 52nd Floor: http://lrb.me/mq0
The Raging Peloton: Boris Bikes: http://lrb.me/y8k
My Olympics: http://lrb.me/9g0
And do you know the London Orbital book?
Cities of Sleep is a feature lenght documentary directed by Shaunak Sen and produced by Films Division (India). 74 min.
From the offical website:
‘Cities of Sleep’ takes us into a heady world of insurgent sleeper’s communities as well as the infamous ‘sleep mafia’ in Delhi where just securing a safe sleeping spot often becomes a question of life and death for a large number of people.