Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang

August 31st – November 5th, 2017

2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism


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In collaboration with the 2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang 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: Seoul + Pyongyang invites the following architects to write to Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, to the Chairman of the People’s Committee and the de-facto mayor of Pyongyang Pak Kwan-o:



Joh Sung Ryong, Kim Incheurl, Min Hyun Sik, Yoo Kerl, Kim Jin Ai, Kim Chanjoong, Kim Young Joon, Nina Rappaport, Rho Eunjoo, Ji Jungwoo, Aaron Forrest, Yasmin Vobis, Jennifer Lee, Chung Hyuna, Meejin Yoon, Yoo Sorae, Kang Yerin, Chun Sook Hee, Chang Soohyun, Beatrice Galilee, Pedro y Juana, Kim Jungyoon, Kazuyo Sejima, Simon Kim, Yang Soo-in, Kim Sung Woo, Kim Sunghoi, Kim Jongkyu, Oh Young-uk, Moon Hoon, Chang Yoon Kyu, Lim Jae Yong, Min Hyun Joon, Kim Jihoon, Choi Moongyu, Choi Wook, Yang Sung Goo, Cha Taewook, Ko Kiwoong, Lee Dong Wook, Steven Holl, Ahn Kihyun, Thom Mayne, Kuma Kengo, Winy Maas, Marco Bruno, Hwang Nahyun, Jungmin Nam, Soonyup Kwon, Suh Jaewon, Kim Doran, Neville Mars, Peter Orbon, Christopher Pierce, Fiona Tan, Friedrich Grafling, Charles Lai, Giacomo Butte, Atira Ariffin, Rainer Dormels, Chad O’Caroll, Gianluca Spezza, Oliver Wainwright, Alessandro Belgiojoso, Alex Davidson, Nerma Cridge, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Jelena Prokopljevic, Philipp Meuser, Tom Verebes, Boris Jensen, Owen Hatherley, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez
Local Curators
Dongwoo Yim and Calvin Chua
Mayoral Desk / Architect’s Table Design
NAMELESS Architects
Wallpaper Design
NAMELESS Architects





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.