Letters to the Mayor: Taipei
Friday January 8, 2016 – Sunday January 31, 2016
Letters to the Mayor: Taipei, 2016. Storefront for Art and Architecture.
Letters to the Mayor: Taipei
January 8th – January 31st, 2016
JUT Foundation for the Arts and Architecture
Letters to the Mayor: Taipei is part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s initiative Letters to the Mayor. Letters to the Mayor: Taipei is Storefront’s first exhibition of Letters to the Mayor in Asia. Presented by the JUT Foundation for the Arts and Architecture, this Taiwanese edition features 75 letters from architects in Taiwan, including several international contributors. The exhibition also traveled to Taichung from March 25 to April 24, 2015.
Marco Casagrande, Winy Maas, YinPing Fang, Chun-Hsiung Wang, Pe Jen Wang, Che Wang, Yao-Pang Wang, Junya Ishigami, Yasutaka Yoshimura, Tadao Ando, Hung-Nan Chu, Ting Fung Ho, Hotaiwen, Yi-Yen Wu, Sheng-Ming Wu, Chin-wen Leu, Wen Sheng Lee, Lee Ching-Chih, Izumi Okayasu, Wan-Jen Lin, Fang-Yi Lin, Lin Bo Yang, Chiaju Lin, Andy Lin, aLing, Wen-chien Chiu, Hao-Hsiu Chiu, Go Hasegawa, Aoki Jun, Le-Ching Chiang, Sun Chi-Jong, Yen-Chi Hsu, Min Jay Kang, Chi-Yi Chang, Ching-Hwa Chang / Ying-Chao Kuo, Jing-Yao Chang, Yuchang Liang, Katsu Umebayashi, Li-Yu Hsu, ChenYu Lien, Hsuyuan Kuo, Yu-lin Chen / Malone Chang, Kuanhua Chen, Shu-Yi Chen, Wenyuan Peng, Tseng Kuang-Tsung, C.David Tseng, Borden Tseng, Huang Jui-Mao, Huang,Sheng-Yuan, Yang Hsiu, Chuan, Kyle Yang, ShihHung Yang, Norihiko Dan, Laio Wei-Li, Ray Chu, Chao Li Hsing, Yuan-Hung Chao, ke-fung Liou, Po-Hung Liu, chung-sheng Liu, Tien Yi Pan, Joshua Jih Faia, Ming-Ying Tsai, Shuwa Tei, REN, Bob Ryu, Jia-Hui Day、Pei-ni Beatrice Hsieh, Sotetsu Sha, Hsieh Ying Chun, Chung Ping Hung, Chien Hsueh Yi, Sou Fujimoto, Su Jui-pi, Shu Chang Kung
Designed by the Taipei-based 3 pounds Co. Ltd, a life-size Monopoly board game is used to invite public participation, provide a platform for the general public to voice their opinions, and facilitate communication with city officials.
Spectators are invited to participate through card decks titled: Chance and Community Chest, by writing down their own comments to the mayor:
「Chance」：If I were the Mayor, my city would be…
「Community Chest」：I am a resident of____City，I hope my Mayor would…?
Also using components from the Monopoly, red houses represent the number of social housing in Taipei, while green houses represent general residences. Red houses, scattered among the green houses, occupy merely 0.08% of the image. 0.08% is also the ratio of the affordable housing provided by the City to the general ones, a small number so negligible in urban development.
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, has traveled to more than a dozen cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others.
Letters to the Mayor invites a hundred architects to write a letter to the 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. In their pursuit to design the next economically driven cultural-iconic-touristic object, an increasing number of architects, as well as political leaders, have neglected to recognize the potential of design to participate in the advancement of public life.
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 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.