Letters to the Mayor: Buenos Aires
March 19 – May 21, 2016
Opening Reception: March 19, 2016
Letters to the Mayor: Buenos Aires is part of the international edition of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in April 2014. The project invites architects to write letters to their mayors, bringing pressing issues and new ideas to the desks of elected officials. Subsequent iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and individuals, bring the project to many cities and towns across the globe. All iterations of the project have three elements in common: an exhibition of letters addressed to the mayor, a Mayoral Desk and Architect’s Table, and a wallpaper that reflects ideas and issues unique to each city. The desk and table, as well as the wallpaper, are designed by local architects, artists, and designers, and reflect upon the role of the architect in the construction of the future of the contemporary city.
Fernando Diez, Consejo Profesional de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Juan Fontana, Roberto Frangella, Noemí Beatriz Gómez, Alfredo Garay, vdb arquitectos (Federico Valverdi, Claudio De Brasi), María Estela Baltroc, Gabriela Cárdenas, Nicolás Fernández Sanz, Dynamo (Lucas Grande, Pedro Yañez), Alberto Gorbatt, Fabiana Martínez, Laura S. Horrocks, Colectivo Off the record (Felipe Oeyen, Juan Pablo Berbery, Victoria Cocuche, Lucía Capetto, Matías Lien Benitez, Joaquín Rodríguez Althoff, Victoria Freije, Ayelen Franceschini, Dana Lorena Martínez De’ Nobili), Versa Arq. Oficina de Arquitectura (Arq. Carlos Navarro, Arq. Gastón Chalabe), Victor Ramos Pezzi y Ricardo Palmadessa, FRAM arquitectos (Franco Riccheri, Agustín Mendiondo), Colectivo AS6030 (Bárbara Berson, Gabriela Casabianca, Susana Caruso, Ana M. Compagnoni, Claudio Delbene, Magdalena Eggers, Ismael Eyras, Analía Fernández, Alejandra Kozak, Daniel Kozak, María José Leveratto, Susana Mühlmann, Francisco Ortiz, Cecilia Pumares, Andrés Schwarz, Ariel Sueiro, Marta Yajnes, Sebastián Zanetti, et al.), Circular (Santiago Giusto, Martin Flugelman, Pedro Magnasco, Manuel Mensa, Mercedes Peralta, Gustavo Alonso Serafin, Florencia Spina y Carolina Telo), LUPA|ARQ (Paula Imperatore, Luz Rodríguez Chatruc), Estudio de Arquitectura Becker-Ferrari junto a Estudio de diseño García Balza & González – Estudio de Arquitectura Becker-Ferrari (Daniel Becker, Claudio Ferrari) Estudio de diseño García Balza & González (Roberto García Balza, Marcela González), Dino Buzzi, IR arquitectura (Luciano Intile, Enrico Cavaglia, Fermin Indavere, Esteban Basili Tonoli, Guillermo Mirochnic), Ariel Jacubovich, Alejandra Mestre, Luis Jacobo Grossman con Román Peñalba, Carlos de la Borbolla y Ricardo Gersbach, Colle•Croce (Sebastian Colle, Rodolfo Croce), Gustavo Nielsen, Emilio Rivoira, AToT (Agustín Moscato, Lucía Hollman), BAAG (Buenos Aires Arquitectura Grupal) (Griselda Balian, Gabriel Monteleone, Gastón Noriega, María Emilia Porcelli – Colaboradores: Santiago Chudnovsky, Martín Dallasta, Federico Pia, Sarah Caneri), Monoblock (Marcos Amadeo, Fernando Cynowiec, Juan Granara, Adrian Russo, Alexis Schächter), Manuel Ciarlotti Bidinost (BBC Arquitectos, Estudio Homeless), Ramiro Schere, Javier Agustín Rojas, Hitzig Militello arquitectos (Fernando Hitzig Mehr, Leonardo G. Militello), Marcelo Corti, Esteban – Tannenbaum arquitectos (Javier Esteban, Romina Tannenbaum), Diana Cabeza, Moderna Buenos Aires, Néstor Magariños, CAZA (Nina Carrara, María Zamtlejfer), Adamo – Faiden (Sebastián Adamo, Marcelo Faiden) Andrea Saltzman, Mauricio Corbalan, Nicolás Sarno Jordan, Galpón Estudio (Max Zolkwer, Ramiro Gallardo, Gustavo Nielsen), Ana Rascovsky (Estudio Planta), Florencia Rodríguez
Mayor and architect table:
Grupo Bondi (Eugenio Gómez Llambi, Iván López Prystajko)
The Rock Instrument Bureau
Current mayor of Buenos Aires:
Horacio Rodríguez Larreta
Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Associate Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture will give a talk on Friday March 18, at 7pm
Location: Monte (Maure 3910, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires)
Participants: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco (Storefront for Art and Architecture), Martín Huberman (Monoambiente), Florencia Rodríguez (Monte)
About Letters to the Mayor
As civic figures, architects have a privilege and a responsibility to articulate and translate the collective aspirations of society; particularly for those who are not able to sit at decision-making tables.
Throughout history, architects have engaged with this responsibility and the structures of economic, political, and cultural power in different ways 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 undermined the potential of design to participate in the advancement of public life.
Letters to the Mayor is an itinerant exhibition that displays real letters written by architects to their city mayors, and brings innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
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.
Previous and upcoming editions of Letters to the Mayor include: Panama City (Panama), Mariupol (Ukraine), Bogotá (Colombia), Taipei (Taiwan), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Athens (Greece), and Lisbon (Portugal).
Monoambiente is an experimental space committed to the development of architecture and contemporary design. By challenging and questioning established limits, the exhibitions, actions, and programs carried out under its auspices further the material and spatial language of both disciplines (architecture and design). It foments action and engagement as exploration and collaboration as support. The intention is to make a contribution that operates on conceptual, material, and professional levels, encouraging engagement and dialogue between architects, designers, students, and the general public. The space is a milestone in the city’s cultural milieu as it engines the contemporary experiences and productions of both local and international designers.