Letters to the Mayor: São Paulo

July 30 – August 27, 2016

Pivô Arte e Pesquisa


Letters to the Mayor: São Paulo is part of the international edition of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in April 2014. The project invites architects to write letters to their mayors, bringing pressing issues and new ideas to the desks of elected officials. Subsequent iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and individuals, bring the project to many cities and towns across the globe. All iterations of the project have three elements in common: an exhibition of letters addressed to the mayor, a Mayoral Desk and Architect’s Table, and a wallpaper that reflects ideas and issues unique to each city. The desk and table, as well as the wallpaper, are designed by local architects, artists, and designers, and reflect upon the role of the architect in the construction of the future of the contemporary city.



23 SUL Arquitetura, Abílio Guerra, Aflalo/Gasperini Arquitetos, Agnaldo Farias, Álvaro Puntoni, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos, Apiacás Arquitetos, AR Arquitetos, Atelier Branco, Carlos Alberto Cerqueira Lemos, Ciro Pirondi, Cristiano Mascaro, Ermínia Maricato, Fortes, Gimenes e Marcondes Ferraz, Francesco Perrotta Bosch, Francisco Spadoni (Spadoni AA), Gabriel Kogan, GTA-MTST, Guilherme Wisnik, Hector Vigliecca (Vigliecca & Associados), Hereñú + Ferroni Arquitetos, IAB (Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil – Institute of Architects of Brazil), Laura Sobral, Ligia Nobre, Luis Espallargas Gimenez, Marcio Kogan (Studio MK27), Maria Cristina da Silva Leme, Martin Corullon (Metro arquitetos), Milton Braga, Marta Moreira (MMBB), Monica Camargo Junqueira, Regina Meyer, Renato Cymbalista, SIAA – Shundi Iwamizu Arquitetos Associados, Silvio Oksman, Terra e Tuma, Vão Arquitetura, Vera Pallamin.


Wallpaper by:

Branco Papel de Parede in collaboration with the artist Lucas Simões



ps.2 arquitetura + design 


Mayor of São Paulo:

Fernando Haddad


Curated by: 

Bruno de Almeida and Fernando Falcon



About Letters to the Mayor:

As civic figures, architects have a privilege and a responsibility to articulate and translate the collective aspirations of society; particularly for those who are not able to sit at decision-making tables.


Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways 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. In their pursuit to design the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing number of architects, as well as political leaders, have undermined the potential of design to participate in the advancement of public life.


Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors, and brings innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.


Storefront for Art and Architecture initiated Letters to the Mayor in New York City in 2014 with a collection of fifty letters from international architects who wrote to their mayors. Subsequent iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and groups, have brought local and international issues onto the desks of elected officials and into the public consciousness by focusing on the specific issues unique to each city.


Previous and upcoming editions of Letters to the Mayor include: Panama City (Panama), Mariupol (Ukraine), Bogotá (Colombia), Taipei (Taiwan), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Athens (Greece), and Lisbon (Portugal).


About the curators:

Bruno de Almeida, 1987, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Holds a degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto (FAUP), Portugal. And a Master in Architecture from the Accademia di Architettura della Svizzera Italiana, Mendrisio, Switzerland. Worked as an architectural assistant at Sergison Bates Architects in London, UK. And was a curatorial assistant at the Independent Research Institute of the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Is the founder and curator of SITU (www.projetositu.wordpress.com) a platform of production and artistic research that promotes a discussion about the potential of a dialogue between art, architecture and the city, developed with Galeria Leme, a contemporary art gallery in São Paulo, Brazil.
Fernando Falcon, 1977, Brazil. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. Holds a degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of São Paulo (FAU USP), Brazil. And, since 2005, is a partner of the architecture office Tacoa Arquitetos (www.tacoa.com.br). Among the office’s projects are the art galleries Fortes Vilaça (2008) and Luisa Strina (2011), the cultural association Pivô (2013), the residential complex Vila Aspicuelta (2013), the competition for the headquarters of MIS-RJ (2009) and the spatial design of exhibitions such as Arte-Vida (2014), 31st Panorama of Brazilian Art (2009) and Casa 7 at Pivô (2015), among others. Tacoa was also part of the selection for the 33rd Panorama of Brazilian Art (2013) e developed the site-specific installation Jardineira (2015) as the core of the exhibition Liga 18 for the gallery Liga DF in Mexico City.



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