Letters to the Mayor: São Paulo
Saturday July 30, 2016 – Saturday August 27, 2016
Letters to the Mayor: São Paulo
July 30th – August 27th, 2016
Pivô Arte e Pesquisa
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Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: São Paulo 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: São Paulo invited the following architects to write to Mayor Fernando Haddad:
23 SUL Arquitetura, Abílio Guerra, Aflalo/Gasperini Arquitetos, Agnaldo Farias, Álvaro Puntoni, Andrade Morettin Arquitetos, Apiacás Arquitetos, AR Arquitetos, Atelier Branco, Carlos Alberto Cerqueira Lemos, Ciro Pirondi, Cristiano Mascaro, Ermínia Maricato, Fortes, Gimenes e Marcondes Ferraz, Francesco Perrotta Bosch, Francisco Spadoni (Spadoni AA), Gabriel Kogan, GTA-MTST, Guilherme Wisnik, Hector Vigliecca (Vigliecca & Associados), Hereñú + Ferroni Arquitetos, IAB (Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil – Institute of Architects of Brazil), Laura Sobral, Ligia Nobre, Luis Espallargas Gimenez, Marcio Kogan (Studio MK27), Maria Cristina da Silva Leme, Martin Corullon (Metro arquitetos), Milton Braga, Marta Moreira (MMBB), Monica Camargo Junqueira, Regina Meyer, Renato Cymbalista, SIAA – Shundi Iwamizu Arquitetos Associados, Silvio Oksman, Terra e Tuma, Vão Arquitetura, Vera Pallamin
Bruno de Almeida and Fernando Falcon
Branco Papel de Parede in collaboration with the artist Lucas Simões
ABOUT THE CURATORS
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, 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.
Letters to the Mayor is part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s initiative Architecture Conflicts, a project with the purpose of identifying pressing issues, ongoing conflicts, and design solutions in relation to the most important urban problems today. Architecture Conflicts is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.