Letters to the Mayor: Taichung

March 25th – April 24th, 2016

MOT Lab Taichung


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In collaboration with the JUT Foundation for the Arts and Architecture, Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Taichung 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: Taichung is the second stop of the exhibition in Taiwan, following Letters to the Mayor, Taipei. In addition to the letters received in Taipei, this exhibition included 20 more letters addressed to the Mayor of Taichung. All letters were on view until April 24, 2016 at MOT Lab Taichung. Two panel discussion were hosted and moderated by David C. Tseng. Fore more information, see here.


Letters to the Mayor: Taichung invited the following architects to write to Mayor of Taichung:



Marco Casagrande, Winy Maas, YINPING FANG, Chun-Hsiung Wang, Wang, Pe Jen, Che Wang, Wang, Ming-Hsien, Yao-Pang Wang, Junya Ishigami, Yasutaka Yoshimura, Tadao Ando, Hung-Nan Chu, Ho, Ting Fung, Hotaiwen, Steven wu, Wu, YI-YEN, Sheng-Ming Wu, Leu,chin-wen, Wen Sheng Lee, Lee Ching-Chih, Izumi Okayasu, Wan-Jen Lin, LIN, Fang-Yi, Lin Bo Yang, Chiaju Lin, Andy Lin, aLing, Wen-chien Chiu, Hao-Hsiu Chiu, Go Hasegawa, Aoki Jun, CHIANG, LE-CHING, yu cheng hung, Hung-Chin-yuan, Tai-kuan-yi, Tien Ling, Sun Chi-Jong、HSU, YEN-CHI, KANG, Min Jay, CHI-YI CHANG, Ching-Hwa Chang / Ying-Chao Kuo, Jing-Yao Chang, Yuchang Liang, Katsu Umebayashi, Hsu, Li-Yu, ChenYu LIEN, hsuyuan Kuo, Kuo, Chijeng, Yu-lin Chen / Malone Chang, Milton Chen, Kuanhua Chen, Shu-Yi Chen, WENYUAN PENG, Tseng Kuang-Tsung, Borden Tseng, Wei Tseng, Ruey Ming Huang, Huang Jui-Mao, Huang,Sheng-Yuan, YANG HSIU CHUAN, Kyle Yang, Enta Yang, Yang,ShihHung, Norihiko Dan, Laio Wei-Li, Liao, Ming-Pin, LIAO CHIA SHUN, Ray Chu, Chao Li Hsing, Yuan-Hung Chao, ke-fung Liou, Po-Hung Liu, Liu, chung-sheng, Tien Yi, Pan, JOSHUA JIH PAN, FAIA, TSAI, MING-YING, Shuwa Tei, Po-jen Cheng Lee, ShwuTing, REN, BOB RYU, Jia-Hui Day, Pei-ni Beatrice HSIEH, WEN TAI HSIEH, Sotetsu SHA, Hsieh Ying Chun, Chung Ping Hung, Chien Hsueh Yi, Sou Fujimoto, Su Jui-pi, Shu Chang Kung, Wensha Kung.





Local Curator

David Tseng





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.