Thought the vote against the European constitution in France and the Netherlands hasn’t changed anything? Lost belief in the power of the referendum? Think twice: in an act of heroism and characteristic bluntness at the same time, Dutch design firm MVRDV changed the shutters  on its design for an apartment building in Lyon, France, after the negative vote: the building now spells out the first article of the European constitution when the shutters are closed. Sort of like erecting statues of presidents after they’ve been overthrown by the people, no?

Beware though, your vote changes shutter designs in French suburbs.