Graffolution – Awareness and prevention solutions against graffiti vandalism in public areas and transport

The Graffolution project seeks understand the diverse European contexts of graffiti, to deliver an online resource to help sharing existing, and innovating new, protocols and responses.

In addition to voices calling for more resources and tougher measures to counteract graffiti vandalism, diverse publics are also advocating the increased value of certain kinds of (currently illegal) graffiti practices, seen to “regenerate” rather than “degenerate” our cities (Young, 2014; Iveson, 2007). Relevant crime prevention practitioners are also reporting reduced resources to tackle the graffiti ‘problem’, necessitating new, more effective and more holistic approaches to combat illegal graffiti. Approaches are now needed that amplify opportunities for community- and arts-led regeneration whilst mitigating opportunities for anti-social graffiti vandalism and the associated economic, social and cultural costs.

The Graffolution project is working to deliver resources to support such an approach. Anticipated outputs include a set of “Collaborative Tools and Resources” that will include (a) a secure online space for duty holders, including city administrations, public transport services and law enforcement agencies, to share knowledge and best practices, supported by case studies and methods of evidencing successful practice, also (b) an “Open Information Hub” for local communities, citizens and graffiti writers, to strengthen public awareness and help prevent illegal spraying activities, whilst promoting opportunities for creativity, regeneration and community engagement activities. Social media features and channels will also be integrated to reach young people, graffiti writers and other connected publics.

The project is anticipated to contribute to reduced economic, social, and cultural costs of cops, courts and cleaning for European city administrators, public transport services, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders linked to anti-social graffiti activities, whilst simultaneously amplifying opportunities for promotion of pro-social arts led activities that foster urban regeneration and place-making.

The project is partly co-funded by the FP7 Programme 2007-13 of the European Union (FP7-SEC -GA 608152).

Name of Project Contact:

Adam Thorpe
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