Letters to the Mayor

Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays letters written by architects to their city mayors. Initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, it has traveled to more than a dozen cities around the world, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires, among others. 

 

Each iteration of Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects to write a letter to the mayor of their city as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa. Architects and designers have unique insights into the development of cities and neighborhoods, and their perspectives and experiences have the potential to positively impact the city’s efforts to advance community and public life. 

 

By creating a collaborative space for conversations about the built environment, Letters to the Mayor invites local and global architects to create an open exchange with the city by delivering their thoughts directly to the desks of elected officials, and simultaneously into the public consciousness.

 

Storefront for Art and Architecture initiated Letters to the Mayor in New York City in 2014 with a collection of fifty letters from international architects who wrote to their mayors. Subsequent iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and groups, have brought local and international issues onto the desks of elected officials and into the public consciousness by focusing on the specific issues unique to each city.

 

Recent and upcoming 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

 

Future Letters

To propose an edition in your city, please contact info@storefrontnews.org

Further iterations of the project also include:

Letters to the Developer

Letters to the Minister