Letters to the Mayor: Madrid

September 29th – October 9th, 2016

XII Semana de la Arquitectura



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In collaboration with the XII Semana de la Arquitectura and COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid), Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Madrid as part of the global Letters to the Mayor project. Each iteration presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city. 


Letters to the Mayor: Madrid invited the following architects to write to Mayor Manuela Carmena Castrillo:



Acebo x Alonso, Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz, Andrés Jaque, Ángel Borrego Cubero, Ángela García de Paredes, Anupama Kundoo, Belén Hermida Rodríguez, Bollería Industrial, CanalsMoneo, Carlos Arroyo Zapatero, Carlos Espejo Escorial, Carlos Leganitos, CHIQUITECTOS, Edgar González, Elena Rivas Ruzafa, ELII, Fernando Landecho González-Soto, Fuensanta Nieto, Gabriel Ruíz Larrea, Gádor Carvajal, Gonzalo del Val, HUSOS, Ignacio Vicente Sandoval, Irene Alberdi, Israel Alba Ramis, Jaime Ortiz Belda, Javier Alonso Madrid, Javier Sanjuan, Jesús San Vicente, José Antonio Granero Ramírez, José Ignacio Linazasoro, Jose Juan Barba, José Manuel Santa Cruz Chao, Juan Carlos Vaquerizo Jiménez, Juan Elvira y Clara Murado, Juan Herreros, Juan Mera González, La Galería de la Magdalena, Lina Toro Ocampo, Luis Jurado Téllez, Luis Rodriguez-Avial Llardent, Luis Úrculo, Manuel Blanco, Manuel Ocaña del Valle, Mara Sanchez Lorens, Marcos Corrales, María Antón Barco, María José Aranguren, Marisa Sáenz de Oiza, Matilde Peralta, MI5VR, Miguel Fernández Galiano, Mónica Alberola, Nerea Calvillo, Néstor Montenegro, NUNDO, Paisaje Transversal, Paula García Masedo, Pedro Pitarch, Pepe Ballesteros, PYO ARQUITECTOS, Rafael Moneo, Ramón Francos Sánchez, Raquel Otero Ortiz de Cosca, Raquel Prendes, Ricardo Higueras de Cárdenas, Sandra Suárez Rionegro, Santiago Cifuentes Barrio, Taller de Casquería, Verónica Meléndez, VIC, Zuloark, CUARTOYMITAD, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, OSS, Clara Murado y Juan Elvira, Beatriz Villanueva Cajide y Francisco Javier Cobo





Local Curators

Moneo Brock and Enorme Studio


Mayoral Desk / Architect’s Table Design

Ana Arana and Enrique Ventosa


Floorpaper Design

Gonzalo del Val







ENORME is the evolution of three co-founders of PKMN Architectures, we’re Carmelo Rodríguez, Rocio Pina, David Pérez.


After having collaborated for ten years on more than one hundred projects we’ve just started with a new shared initiative that keeps the same radical approach to architecture.


We design and build ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS based on industrial systems and typological innovation. We’re specialists in mobile systems design applied to housing, office design and retail. We’ve changed the traditional concept of room in architecture, creating spaces that are easily converted through simple gestures.


We design and perform participation dynamics in the domain of city construction through our creative services platform CIUDAD CREA CIUDAD and the creation of CITIZENSHIP BRAND IDENTITIES. Our aim is to foster alternative ways to examine urban issues and to motivate the creation of a proactive citizen culture.


We design and apply TACTICAL URBANISM tools that transfer teamwork strategies and collective thinking dynamics into public and private space design and management. Our aim is to give the city back to citizens as an emotional, plural and relational space.





Moneo Brock is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions, with great faith in the promise of good design. As we begin our work we carefully consider each project’s urban and natural context. Projects are thereafter developed with a clear sense of place and purpose. Finally, construction details are always rigorously controlled in order to be in concordance with the project’s fundamental concept. We are sensitive to the synergies that emerge in collaborative processes, viewing teamwork as fundamental to the creation of great work. We see each job as an opportunity to create a unique structure that can transform a part of the world, no matter the scale. Current project sites are in Spain, the USA, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Our work has been widely published in international media.


Belén Moneo (Harvard, 1988) and Jeffrey Brock (Princeton, 1985), founded Moneo Brock in 1993 in New York City after receiving their Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP in 1991, when they first collaborated professionally on a project for a loft in Tribeca. Maintaining connections with New York, the firm opened its Madrid office in 2002.





Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 15 cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others. See here for a list of iterations.  


Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects in each city to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.


Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways and with varying degrees of success. With the rise of globalization and the homogenization of the contemporary city, the role of the architect in the political arena has often been relegated to answering questions that others have asked. 


Letters to the Mayor questions this dynamic, and invites local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.





Letters to the Mayor is part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s initiative Architecture Conflicts, a project with the purpose of identifying pressing issues, ongoing conflicts, and design solutions in relation to the most important urban problems today. Architecture Conflicts is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.