Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona

March 28th, 2019 – May 5th, 2019

In collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and urbanNext


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Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona in collaboration with the Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC) and urbanNext as part of the global project, Letters to the Mayor. Each iteration of Letters to the Mayor presents a collection of letters by more than 100 architects, addressing the most pressing issues facing their city.


Letters to the Mayor: Barcelona invites architects to write to the mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.



Archikubik/Marc Chalamanch/Miquel Lacasta/Carmen Santana, Irma Arribas, Carolina B. García Estévez, Anna Bach, Teresa Batlle Pagès, Sandra Bestraten i Castells, Ibon Bilbao, Josep Bohigas Arnau, Marta Bugés i Aragonés, Denise Castro, Marina Cervera/Students Màster Paisatge UPC, Chiara Cesareo, Curro Claret, Jaume Clèries, Ana Cocho Bermejo, CollLeclerc/Jaime Coll/Judith Leclerc, Comando Señoras, Marc Conangla, Carles Crosas, Ignasi Cubiñá, Nu Diaz, Tomas Diez, Dobooku, Julia Doz/Cristina Garriga/My Bookcase, Expósito Expósito, Ramon Faura, Fulleda Arquitectes, Toni García, Mariona Genís Vinyals, Kathrin Golda-Pongratz, Daniela Hartmann, Sonia Hernández-Montaño, Alex Ivancic, Imma Jansana, Montsa Jovani/Caves Berdié/Jovani Vins, LaCol Arquitectura Cooperativa, Xarxa La Pera/Toni Sonalas/Cristina Casali, Josep Maria de Llobet, Marta Llorente, Areti Markopoulou, Rafael Martínez/Esther Ribas, Mayorga + Fontana arquitectos/Pia Fontana/Miguel Mayorga, MIAS Architects/ Josep Miàs/Marc Subirana, Nerea Mota, Zaida Muxí, NUA arquitectures/Maria, Simone Orso, Roger Paez, Jaume Prat Ortells, Eva Prats, Teresa del Pozo, Moisés Puente, Carmen Rodríguez Pedret, Marina Romero, Maria Rubert, Àfrica Sabé Dausà, Tomoko Sakamoto, Eduard Sancho Pou, Helena Sanz Palau, Glòria Serra Coch, Erica Sogbe, Son Canciones/ Mabel Alonso/Lieven Scheerlinck, Soon in Tokyo/ Angelo Palma, Olga Subirós, Judit Taberna Torres, Daniel Torres, Sara Torres/Víctor Betriu, Jon Tugores, Teresa Urroz/Chus Gómez, José Luis de Vicente, Vora/Pere Buil Castells/Toni Riba Galí




Local Curators

Ricardo Devesa, Xavier González, Núria Moliner (members of the urbanNext platform)


Mayoral Desk and Architect’s Table Design



Graphic Design and Wallpaper Design

Marga Gibert


Exhibition Design

Ricardo Devesa, Xavier González, Núria Moliner


Exhibition Organizers and Coordinators

Architects’ Association of Catalonia (COAC), Josep Ferrando (member of the Governing Board at COAC), and Gemma Molas (Cultural Events Assistant at COAC)




Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, the project has traveled to more than 20 cities across the globe, including Bogotá, 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 addressed this responsibility by navigating 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 political role of the architect has often been relegated to providing answers to questions that others have asked.


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