Letters to the Mayor: Athens

February 25 – March 6, 2015

metamatic:taf

 

Letters to the Mayor: Athens is part of the international editions of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in April 2014. The project invites architects to write a letter to the Mayor, 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 different contexts around the globe. All iterations of the project have three elements in common: the exhibition of all letters addressed to the Mayor, the “Mayoral / Architect Table” and the “Wallpaper,” designed by local architects, artists and designers, and meant to be a reflection of the role of the architect in the construction of the future of the contemporary city.

 

“In a present dominated by controversial headlines, at metamatic:taf we find that it is important to trigger conversations by mobilizing different actors who seek solutions. A reality-check in these tumultuous and exciting times for the city of Athens.” From the curatorial statement of METASITU & metamatic:taf

 

Participants:

A Whale’s architects, Yannis Aesopos, Dimitris Athinakis, Loukas Bartatilas, Campus Novel (Giannis Cheimonakis, Giannis Delagrammatikas, Foteini Palpana, Yiannis Sinioroglou, Ino Varvariti), Xenofondas Dialeismas, Renata Douma (OPEN HOUSE ATHENS), Panos Dragonas, Alexis Fidetzis, Lena Foutsitzi, George Gavalas & John Mourikis (ARCHSET), Danae Georgouli & Filia Glyka, Tatiana May Kallergis, Maria Kaltsa, Yannis Karlopoulos, Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Stelios Kois (Kois Associated Architects), Vassiliki Kotzia, Konstantinos Labrinopoulos (KLab), Katerina Matsa, Loukas Mexis, Marlen Mouliou, Filippos Oraiopoulos, Maria Paneta, Konstantinos Pantazis & Marianna Rentzou  (Point Supreme), Artemis Papageorgiou ((Entropika), Myrto Papadogeorgou (City of Errors), Maria Peteinaki, Eleni Portaliou, Bill Psarras, Elien Ronse, Speleo- / Σπήλαιο- (Fanis Kafantaris, Giannis Grigoriadis, Stavros Mouzakitis, Vassilis Vassiliadis), Thomas Tsalapatis, Augustus Veinoglou (SNEHTA Residency), Georgia Voudouri (medianeras), Eirini Vourloumis, Theodoros Zafeiropoulos, Efthimios Zervas, Alexandros Zomas (Micromega Architecture&Strategies)

 

Wallpaper by:

George Vousta

 

Mayoral / Architect Office by:

Iphigenia Papamikroulea

 

Curated by: 

METASITU & metamatic:taf

 

 

 

About Letters to the Mayor

As a civic figure, the architect has the privilege and responsibility to articulate and translate the collective aspirations of society, and specifically of those not able to sit at the decision-making tables.

 

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. While designing the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing amount of both architects and with them, politicians, have forgotten the ethics that should be associated with architectural practice and the potential of design in the construction of public life.

 

An itinerant exhibition in the form of letters written by architects to their mayors, Letters to the Mayor brings innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.

 

Letters to the Mayor started in New York City in 2014 initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture with a collection of letters from a series of international architects writing to their respective Mayors. Subsequent iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and groups, bring relevant local and international voices onto the desks of elected officials and into the public consciousness focusing around particular cities as a way to explore specific territories. Previous and upcoming editions include:  Panama City (Panama,) Mariupol (Ukraine,) Bogotá (Colombia,) Taipei (Taiwan,) Buenos Aires (Argentina,) Athens (Greece,) Lisbon (Portugal).