Letters to the Mayor: Athens
Thursday February 25, 2016 – Sunday March 6, 2016
Letters to the Mayor: Athens, 2016. Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Letters to the Mayor: Athens
February 25th – March 6th, 2016
Letters to the Mayor: Athens is part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s initiative Letters to the Mayor.
“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
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)
METASITU (Eduardo Cassina, Liva Dudareva, Alina Bibisheva) & metamatic:taf
Mayoral / Architect’s Desk by
About Letters to the Mayor
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, has traveled to more than a dozen cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others.
Letters to the Mayor invites a hundred architects to write a letter to the 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. In their pursuit to design the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing number of architects, as well as political leaders, have neglected to recognize the potential of design to participate in the advancement of public life.
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 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.