Letters to the Mayor: Valparaiso

October 26th – November 10th, 2017

XX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism Biennial


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In collaboration with the XX Chilean Architecture and Urbanism Biennial, Storefront presents Letters to the Mayor: Valparaiso 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: Valparaiso invites architects to write to the Mayor.


Ignacio Abé, Felipe Assadi, Marco Avila, Alejandra Bosch and Arturo Lyon, Pablo Brugnoli, Joaquín Bustamante, Katherine Cáceres, Claudio Carrasco, Carlos Castillo Cortés, Maria José Castillo Couve, Alejandra Celedón, Corporacion Metropolitica (Marcelo Ruiz, Macarena Carroza, Gonzalo Undurraga, Ignacia Imboden, Gerardo Ureta, Alberto Texido), Macarena Cortés, Genaro Cuadros, Felipe De Ferrari and Kim Courrèges, Emilio de la Cerda, Francisco Díaz, Natalia Escudero Peña, Alberto Fernández González, Marco Garate Navarrete, Gabriela García de Cortázar, Javier Contreras Gonzalez, Sebastián Gray, Victor Gubbins, Guillermo Hevia García, Nina Hormazábal, Sandra Iturriaga, Boris Ivelic, Carolina Katz, Pablo Larraín Marshall, Loreto Lyon and Alejandro Beals, Juan Mastrantonio, Piera Medina, Pía Montealegre, Rodolfo Montt, Gabriela Medrano, Alberto Moleto, Francisca Muñoz, Rodrigo Pérez de Arce Antoncic, Marcela Pizzi, Jeannette Plaut and Marcelo Sarovic, Rayna Razmilic, Claudio Reyes, Edward Rojas, Gabriel Rudolphy, Joan Saavedra, Carolina Sepúlveda, Pedro Serrano, Liliana de Simone, Alejandro Soffia, Germán del Sol, Juan Agustín Soza, Nicolás Stutzin, Albert Tidy, Tomás Villalón Aguirre
Local Curators
Pola Mora and Danae Santibáñez
Mayoral Desk / Architect’s Table / Wallpaper Design 
Constanza Alarcón Tennen




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.