Letters to the Mayor: Valparaiso

October 26th – November 10th, 2017

XX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism Biennial


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In collaboration with the XX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Valparaiso 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: Valparaiso invites architects to write to the Mayor.


Ignacio Abé, Juan Agustín, Nina Amor Hormazábal, AOA, Felipe Assadi, Marco Avila, Joaquín Bustamante, Pablo Brugnoli, Katherine Cáceres, Macarena Carroza, Maria José Castillo, Carlos Castillo, Claudia Carrasco, Alejandra Celedón, Emilio de la Cerda, Javier Contreras, Gabriela García de Cortázar, Macarena Cortés, Genaro Cuadros, Campus Creativo, Francisco Díaz, Juan de Dios, Natalia Escudero, Pedro de Ferrari + Kim Courrèges, Marco Garate, Pedro Goldsack, Sebastian Gray, Victor Gubbins, Guillermo Hevia, Nina Hormazábal, Guillermo Ilevia, Ignacio Imboden, Sandra Iturriaga, Boris Ivelic, Carolina Katz, Pablo Larrain, Pía Montealegre, Rodolfo Montt, Piera Medina, Piera Medina, Pía Montealegre, Rodrigo Pérez de Arce, Jeannette Plaut, Marcela Pizzi, Rayna Razmilic, RERT, Claudio Reyes, Edward Rojas, Gabriel Rudolphy, Marcelo Ruiz, Carolina Sepúlveda, Joan Saavedra, Pedro Serrano, Nicolás Stutzin, Liliana de Simone, Germán del Sol, Alberto Texido, Gonzalo Undurraga, Gerardo Ureta, Tomás Villalon, and more. 
Local Curators
Pola Mora and Danae Santibáñez
Mayoral Desk / Architect’s Table / Wallpaper Design 
Constanza Alarcón Tennen




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.