Letters to the Mayor: Madrid
Thursday September 29, 2016 – Sunday October 9, 2016
Letters to the Mayor: Madrid. Photograph: Ana Amado.
Letters to the Mayor: Madrid
September 29th – October 9th, 2016
XII Semana de la Arquitectura
Letters to the Mayor: Madrid presents a collection of letters written by more than 50 architects, bringing pressing issues and new ideas to the desk of Mayor Manuela Carmena.
Letters to the Mayor: Madrid takes place as part of the XIII Semana de la Arquitectura, and is the 11th edition of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014.
This project invites architects to write letters to their mayors, initiating a dialogue between those who represent a city and those that build it. International iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and individuals, bring the project to cities and towns across the globe. Each of the iterations share three common elements: 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.
Letters to the Mayor: Madrid is curated by Moneo Brock and Enorme Studio.
Mayor of Madrid:
Manuela Carmena Castrillo
Gonzalo del Val
Table Design by:
Ana Arana and Enrique Ventosa
Moneo Brock and Enorme Studio
COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid)
Acebo x Alonso, Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz, Andrés Jaque, Ángel Borrego Cubero, Ángela García de Paredes, Anupama Kundoo, Belén Hermida Rodríguez, Bollería Industrial, CanalsMoneo, Carlos Arroyo Zapatero, Carlos Espejo Escorial, Carlos Leganitos, CHIQUITECTOS, Edgar González, Elena Rivas Ruzafa, ELII, Fernando Landecho González-Soto, Fuensanta Nieto, Gabriel Ruíz Larrea, Gádor Carvajal, Gonzalo del Val, HUSOS, Ignacio Vicente Sandoval, Irene Alberdi, Israel Alba Ramis, Jaime Ortiz Belda, Javier Alonso Madrid, Javier Sanjuan, Jesús San Vicente, José Antonio Granero Ramírez, José Ignacio Linazasoro, Jose Juan Barba, José Manuel Santa Cruz Chao, Juan Carlos Vaquerizo Jiménez, Juan Elvira y Clara Murado, Juan Herreros, Juan Mera González, La Galería de la Magdalena, Lina Toro Ocampo, Luis Jurado Téllez, Luis Rodriguez-Avial Llardent, Luis Úrculo, Manuel Blanco, Manuel Ocaña del Valle, Mara Sanchez Lorens, Marcos Corrales, María Antón Barco, María José Aranguren, Marisa Sáenz de Oiza, Matilde Peralta, MI5VR, Miguel Fernández Galiano, Mónica Alberola, Nerea Calvillo, Néstor Montenegro, NUNDO, Paisaje Transversal, Paula García Masedo, Pedro Pitarch, Pepe Ballesteros, PYO ARQUITECTOS, Rafael Moneo, Ramón Francos Sánchez, Raquel Otero Ortiz de Cosca, Raquel Prendes, Ricardo Higueras de Cárdenas, Sandra Suárez Rionegro, Santiago Cifuentes Barrio, Taller de Casquería, Verónica Meléndez, VIC, Zuloark
About Enorme Studio:
ENORME is the evolution of three co-founders of PKMN Architectures, we’re Carmelo Rodríguez, Rocio Pina, David Pérez.
After having collaborated for ten years on more than one hundred projects we’ve just started with a new shared initiative that keeps the same radical approach to architecture.
We design and build ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS based on industrial systems and typological innovation. We’re specialists in mobile systems design applied to housing, office design and retail. We’ve changed the traditional concept of room in architecture, creating spaces that are easily converted through simple gestures.
We design and perform participation dynamics in the domain of city construction through our creative services platform CIUDAD CREA CIUDAD and the creation of CITIZENSHIP BRAND IDENTITIES. Our aim is to foster alternative ways to examine urban issues and to motivate the creation of a proactive citizen culture.
We design and apply TACTICAL URBANISM tools that transfer teamwork strategies and collective thinking dynamics into public and private space design and management. Our aim is to give the city back to citizens as an emotional, plural and relational space.
About Moneo Brock:
Moneo Brock is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions, with great faith in the promise of good design. As we begin our work we carefully consider each project’s urban and natural context. Projects are thereafter developed with a clear sense of place and purpose. Finally, construction details are always rigorously controlled in order to be in concordance with the project’s fundamental concept. We are sensitive to the synergies that emerge in collaborative processes, viewing teamwork as fundamental to the creation of great work. We see each job as an opportunity to create a unique structure that can transform a part of the world, no matter the scale. Current project sites are in Spain, the USA, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Our work has been widely published in international media.
Belén Moneo (Harvard, 1988) and Jeffrey Brock (Princeton, 1985), founded Moneo Brock in 1993 in New York City after receiving their Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP in 1991, when they first collaborated professionally on a project for a loft in Tribeca. Maintaining connections with New York, the firm opened its Madrid office in 2002
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.
To read more about the project and other international editions, see here.
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.