Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays letters written by architects to their city mayors. The project has been presented in Athens, Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Madrid, Mariupol, Mexico, New York, Panama City, Sao Paulo, Taipei, and Taichung.

 

Each edition of Letters to the Mayor invites one hundred local and global architects to deliver their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.

 

Taking the form of an exhibition and a series of public debates between architects, the mayor, and citizens at large, Letters to the Mayor is a forum for the discussion of the future of cities and the built environment. The project provides a transversal understanding of relevant issues within local contexts, and shared concerns throughout cities around the world.

 

Past editions include

New York — Storefront for Art and Architecture / April 30 – May 24, 2014

Panama City, Panama — JUNTA Espacio de Arquitectura / March 17 – April 27, 2015

Mariupol, Ukraine — IZOYLATSIA / October 23 – November 13, 2015

Bogotá, Colombia — CAMPO Cultural Center / Oct 24 – Dec 19, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan — URS 127 / Jan 8 – 31, 2016

Athens, Greece — METAMATIC: TAF / February 25 – March 6, 2016

Mexico City, Mexico — Arquine / March 5 – April 4, 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina — Monoespacios /  March 19 – May 21, 2016 

Taichung, Taiwan — MOT Lab / March 25 – April 24, 2016

Sao Paulo, Brazil — Pivo / July 30 – August 27, 2016

Madrid, Spain — COAM –  / Sept 29 – Oct 9, 2016

Lisbon, Portugal — Lisbon Architecture Triennale / October 6 – November 25, 2016

 

Team

Curator: Eva Franch i Gilabert

Associate Curator: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

Communications: Jinny Khanduja

Graphic Design: Project Projects

Support team (past): Estefanía Acosta, Mariam Azim, Asia Bazdyrieva, Carolina Florez, Bon Hae Koo, Katerina Kulanova, Ann Vaikla, Connie Wang.

 

Local Curators

Bruno de Almeida and Fernando Falcon, Moneo Brock and Enorme Studio, CAMPO (Carlos Balen, Felipe Guerra, Alejandro Piñol, Germán Ramírez, Juliana Sánchez and Alejandra Sarria), Andrea Griborio (Arquine), Martin Huberman (Monoambiente), Ivo Poças Martins, , David Tseng, Johann Wolfschoon (JUNTA Espacio de Arquitectura), METASITU (
Eduardo Cassina, Liva Dudareva)

 

Design Teams

3 pounds Co. Ltd, Ana Arana and Enrique Ventosa, Grupo Bondi (Eugenio Gómez Llambi, Iván López Prystajko), Branco Papel de Parede and Lucas Simões, Piotr Chizinski, Pablo Gómez Uribe, Pedro Hernández, Paulo Licona, Oscar Melgar, Iphigenia Papamikroulea, R2, Marina Samokhina, Gonzalo del Val, George Vousta

 

Partnering Organizations

Arquine, CAMPO Cultural Center, COAM, IZOLYATSIA, JUNTA Espacio de Arquitectura,  Jut Foundation for the Arts and Architecture, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, metamatic:taf, Monoambiente, MOT Lab Taichung, Pivô Arte e Pesquisa

 

Future Letters

Further iterations of the project also include Letters to the Developer and Letters to the Minister. To propose an edition in your city, please contact info@storefrontnews.org

 

Support

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.