New York Architecture Book Fair

Saturday September 23, 2017 – Friday June 30, 2017

The first edition of the New York Architecture Book Fair, presented in June 2018, will take the form of an exhibition at Storefront’s gallery space and a network of pop-up architecture book collections in partnership with local bookstores and cultural organizations.
 
Leading up to the book fair, Storefront launches a ten-month series of discussions and programs, including a series of salons in private libraries, aimed at reflecting upon the last thirty five years of architecture and book production in a global context.
 
With an archeological and projective twist, the project seeks to celebrate and evaluate both existing and missing volumes of a history still in the writing.
 
Programs include:
 
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
1-6 pm at The Great Hall at Cooper Union
RSVP here [open to the public; Storefront members get priority seating]
 
Reflecting upon the monographs, history and theory books, edited volumes, essays, and compilations that comprise our libraries and bookstores, one wonders: which architecture books have we produced that constitute the foundations of our contemporaneity?
 
Architecture Books / Yet to be Written / 1982-2017-2052 asks seminal voices in the discipline and profession to examine the recent history of architecture and book production. Each speaker will select and present a book published over the last thirty five years that is fundamental to the understanding of contemporary architecture culture, as well as a “book yet to be written.”
 
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BOOKS-NOW
As part of the launching conferenceStorefront presents BOOKS-NOW, a selection of signed architecture books published over the past year. At the conference, they will be accompanied by rare and out-of-print editions written by conference participants. Books will be on sale at a special discounted rate.
 
See the full list of books here.
 
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Sunday, September 24th, 2017
1-2 pm at MoMA PS1
RSVP here [open to the public]
 
 
Alexandra Cunningham and Eva Franch moderate a series of presentations by emerging and established architects and critics to kick off the series of ongoing events leading up to the New York Architecture Book Fair. 
 
Participants include Benjamin Aranda, Craig Buckley, Kersten Geers, James Graham, Lydia Kallipoliti, Dominic Leong, and Christian Wassman.
 
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Global Survey
Ongoing, October 2017 – August 2018
 
Storefront invites nominations of books by international academics, practitioners, and scholars in a new Global Survey of Architecture Books. The survey will unveil volumes from many cultural contexts that contribute to a better understanding of local and global modes of knowledge production.
 
A final selection of 100 books, chosen by an international jury, will be displayed at Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space in June 2018 as part of the New York Architecture Book Fair. The books will also be featured an upcoming publication called The Book of Architecture Books.
 
A larger selection of books will be exhibited in a reading room at the New York Public Library during the fair.
 
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Salon Collections
December 2017 – June 2018
 
A series of seven private salons will be held in the homes of prominent New York City based architects. Each event will explore a selection of books from the host’s personal library, open to audiences for the first time. The salons will be structured as informal conversations with invited guests.
 
Events will be recorded and made available in the form of podcasts and a series of essays.
 
Hosts include: Henry Cobb, Beatriz Colomina Mark Wigley, Liz Diller Ricardo Scofidio, Cynthia Davidson & Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, and Bernard Tschumi.
 
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Bookstore Network
June 2018
 
During the New York Architecture Book Fair, bookstores and organizations across New York City will display pop-up collections of architecture books in their spaces.
 
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Project Support
Programming partners during and in advance of the fair include The Cooper Union, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, e-flux Architecture, the New York Public Library, and Printed Matter.
 
       
 
The New York Architecture Book Fair is part of the Crossovers Program, a collaboration between Storefront and the Het Nieuwe Instituut. This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.
         

BOOKS-NOW

Saturday September 23, 2017

 

As part of Architecture Books / Yet to be Written / 1982-2017-2052, the launching conference of the New York Architecture Book FairStorefront presents BOOKS-NOW, a selection of signed architecture books published over the past year. At the conference, they will be accompanied by rare and out-of-print editions written by conference participants. Books will be on sale at a special discounted rate.

 

Book selections include:

 

BOOKS-NOW*:

 

Aaron Betsky, Making it Modern – the History of Modernism in Architecture and Design, 2016

 

Alexander Vasudevan, The Autonomous City – A History of Urban Squatting, 2017

 

Allan Wexler, Absurd Thinking Between Art and Design, 2017       

 

André Tavares, The Anatomy of the Architectural Book, 2016

 

Andrés Jaque, Transmaterial, 2017

 

Angelika Fitz and Katharina Ritter (eds.), Assemble: How We Build, 2017

 

Barbara Hoidn (ed.), Demo:Polis – The Right To Public Space, 2016

 

Benoît Jallon, Umberto Napolitano and Franck Boutté (eds.), Paris Haussmann – A Model’s Relevance, 2017

 

Ciro Najle, The Generic Sublime – Organizational Models for Global Architecture, 2016

 

Daan Roggeveen, Progress & Prosperity – The Chinese City as Global Urban Model, 2017

 

David Chambers and Kevin Haley (eds.), Wherever You Find People – The Radical Schools of Oscar Niemeyer, Darcy Ribeiro and Leonel Brizola, 2016

 

David Gamble and Patty Heyda, Rebuilding The American City: Design and Strategy for The 21st Century Urban Core, 2016

 

Deane Simpson, Vibeke Jensen and Anders Rubing (eds.), The City Between Freedom and Security – Contested Public Spaces in the 21st Century, 2017

 

Despina Stratigakos, Where are the Women Architects?, 2016

 

Dongwoo Yim, [Un]Precedented Pyongyang, 2017

 

Elena Chiavi, Pablo Garrido Arnaiz, Francisco Moura Veiga, Guillem Pujol Borràs, Francisco Ramos Ordóñez, Júlia Trias Jurado and Rubén Valdez (eds.), Cartha – On Making Heimat, 2017

 

Felicity D. Scott, Outlaw Territories – Environments of Insecurity/Architectures of Counterinsurgency, 2016

 

Felicity D. Scott, ¿Qué salió mal?/ What Went Wrong?, 2016

 

Florian Idenburg, Jing Liu and Ilias Papageorgiou, Solid Objectives – Edge, Aura, Order, 2017

 

Francesc Magrinyà and Fernando Marzá, Cerdà – 150 Years of Modernity, 2017

 

Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui and Lucas Freeman (eds.), Public Space? Lost and Found, 2017

 

Herman Verkerk/Eventarchitectuur, Events: Situating the Temporary, 2017

 

Jesús Vassallo, Seamless – Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture, 2016

 

Michael Hays, Aparición y Materialidad/ Appearance and Materiality, 2017

 

Keith Krumwiede, Atlas of Another America – An Architectural Fiction, 2016

 

Kersten Geers, Jelena Pančevac, and Andrea Zanderigo, The Difficult Whole – A Reference Book On Robert Venturi, John Rauch and Denise Scott Brown, 2016

 

Lèa-Catherine Szacka, Exhibiting the Postmodern: 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale, 2016

 

Linna Choi and Tarik Oualalou, Territories of Disobedience, 2017

 

Lluís Ortega, The Total Designer – Authorship in the Architecture of the Postdigital Age, 2017

 

Manuel Herz, Ingrid Schröder, Hans Focketyn and Julia Jamrozik, African Modernism – Architecture of Independence, 2015

 

Marwa Al-Sabouni, The Battle for Home – The Memoir of a Syrian Architect, 2016

 

Miquel Adrià and Andrea Griborio, Radical. 50 Latin American Architectures, 2016

 

Nanni Baltzer and Martino Stierli (eds.), Before Publication – Montage in Art, Architecture, and Book Design, 2016

 

Nicole Kalms, Hypersexual City – The Provocation of Soft-Core Urbanism, 2017

 

Nina Rappaport, Vertical Urban Factory, 2016

 

Pedro Ignacio Alonso, Disparen Sobre El Artista/ Shoot the Artist, 2016

 

Rafi Segal, Space Packed – The Architecture of Alfred Neumann, 2017

 

Reinier De Graaf, Imaginary Apparatus – Four Walls and a Roof the Complex Nature of A Simple Profession, 2017

 

Ruth Estevez, Wonne Ickx, Abel Perles, Victor Jaime, and Carlos Bedoya (eds.), Liga Vol. 2: Exposed Architecture: Exhibitions, Interludes and Essays, 2017

 

Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau (eds.), Giraffes, Telegraphs, and Hero of Alexandria – Urban Design by Narration, 2016

 

Stephen J. Phillips, Elastic Architecture – Frederick Kiesler and Design Research in the First Age of Robotic Culture, 2017

 

William O’Brien Jr. (ed.), Room for Artifacts – The Architecture Of Wojr, 2016

 

 

*(list in formation)

 

 

CONFERENCE BOOKS**:

 

Beatriz Colomina and Craig Buckley (ed.), Clip Stamp Fold, 2011

 

Bernard Tschumi and Enrique Walker, Tschumi on Architecture – Conversations with Enrique Walker, 2006

 

Bernard Tschumi, Bernard Tschumi – Architecture Concept and Notation, 2016

 

Bernard Tschumi, Notations: Diagrams and Sequences, 2014

 

Bernard Tschumi, Parc de la Villette, 2014

 

Bernard Tschumi, The Manhattan Transcripts, 1994

 

Daniel Libeskind, Sonnets in Babylon, 2011

 

Kenneth Frampton, A Genealogy of Modern Architecture – Comparative Critical Analysis of Built Form, 2015

 

Stan Allen and Marc Mc-Quade (eds.), Landform Building, Architecture’s New Terrain, 2011

 

Stan Allen, Four Projects, 2017

 

Weiss/Manfredi, Public Natures: Evolutionary Infrastructures, 2015

 

 

**(list in formation)

Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang

Thursday August 31, 2017 – Sunday November 5, 2017

Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang

August 31st – November 5th, 2017

2017 Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism

 

#LetterstotheMayor     @storefrontnyc

 

Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang is part of Storefront for Art and Architecture’s initiative Letters to the Mayor.

 

Letters to the Mayor: Seoul + Pyongyang presents a collection of letters written by more than 100 architects addressed to Mayor of Seoul Park Won-soon, to the Chairman of the People’s Committee and the de-facto mayor of Pyongyang Pak Kwan-o, and to an imagined composite of the cities of Pyongyang and Seoul.

 

Participants

Joh Sung Ryong, Kim Incheurl, Min Hyun Sik, Yoo Kerl, Kim Jin Ai, Kim Chanjoong, Kim Young Joon, Nina Rappaport, Rho Eunjoo, Ji Jungwoo, Aaron Forrest, Yasmin Vobis, Jennifer Lee, Chung Hyuna, Meejin Yoon, Yoo Sorae, Kang Yerin, Chun Sook Hee, Chang Soohyun, Beatrice Galilee, Pedro y Juana, Kim Jungyoon, Kazuyo Sejima, Simon Kim, Yang Soo-in, Kim Sung Woo, Kim Sunghoi, Kim Jongkyu, Oh Young-uk, Moon Hoon, Chang Yoon Kyu, Lim Jae Yong, Min Hyun Joon, Kim Jihoon, Choi Moongyu, Choi Wook, Yang Sung Goo, Cha Taewook, Ko Kiwoong, Lee Dong Wook, Steven Holl, Ahn Kihyun, Thom Mayne, Kuma Kengo, Winy Maas, Marco Bruno, Hwang Nahyun, Jungmin Nam, Soonyup Kwon, Suh Jaewon, Kim Doran, Neville Mars, Peter Orbon, Christopher Pierce, Fiona Tan, Friedrich Grafling, Charles Lai, Giacomo Butte, Atira Ariffin, Rainer Dormels, Chad O’Caroll, Gianluca Spezza, Oliver Wainwright, Alessandro Belgiojoso, Alex Davidson, Nerma Cridge, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Jelena Prokopljevic, Philipp Meuser, Tom Verebes, Boris Jensen, Owen Hatherley, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez

 

Local Curators

Dongwoo Yim and Calvin Chua

 

 

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.

 

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.

Storefront IS Hong Kong

Friday July 7, 2017 – Sunday July 9, 2017

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Storefront International Series: Hong Kong (Storefront IS Hong Kong) is a three-day series of events that take place in contested sites across the city of Hong Kong. Events seek to address the nature of urban public life, and to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong residents. Local and global agents from various fields present and discuss their ideas and observations about various places within the city, bringing to the forefront a larger conversation about the cultural and physical landscapes of the region. Storefront IS Hong Kong goes beyond social, disciplinary, and ideological boundaries, breaking established lines of division to produce spaces of collective thought, reflection, and ultimately, action.

 

Storefront IS Hong Kong is presented in collaboration with the Hong-Kong based DESIGN TRUST (an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design).

 

The events are part of Storefront International Series, a nomadic project that brings the experimental formats of Storefront’s events series to cities and territories around the globe. Establishing a transversal format of inquiry, Storefront International Series works with local individuals and institutions to identify and address the most pressing issues in a particular region through alternative frameworks of discussion. By bringing together agents from the fields of art, architecture, literature, politics, real estate, anthropology, economics, technology, design, and science with members of the public, the Storefront International Series aims to articulate local desires within a global context.  

 

Schedule of Events

 

 

Reading Images Series:

Transborder Territories

Date: Friday, July 7th

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou

Meeting point and time: East Bridge, 3/F, Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at 10:45 am

Attendance: Free and open to the public* (RSVP recommended via Facebook)

 

Strategically located in the Pearl River Delta region of southern China, Hong Kong, officially an “autonomous territory,” serves as the gateway to modern China. The border between Hong Kong and mainland China is crossed every day by thousands of people who work or study on the other side. The infrastructure of the daily commute and the service economy has developed into a third space, inhabited by migrant bodies and defined by financial and cultural exchange protocols. This transnational community represents a rich and diverse engine for the economic and cultural growth of the region. The Hong Kong-Shenzhen border will be the site for a critical discussion around questions of migration and exchange, learning from local conditions and reflecting upon geopolitical borders on a global scale.

 

The Reading Images Series invites participants to closely look into images and construct arguments, narratives, and observations that produce incisive readings about form, politics, gaze, and representation.

 

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Ole Bouman, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Eva Franch, Jason Hilgefort, Cole Roskam, Shirley Surya, Paul Tse, Evelyn Ting, Marisa Yiu

 

Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

Image contributors: Merve Bedir, Venus Lau, MAP Office, Stanley Wong

 

*Please note: members of public must buy their own ferry tickets (event will take place in the upper deck) and arrange a Shenzhen visa independently. The ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou departs at 11:30 am. Please be reminded that all participants will have to depart the ferry on arrival at Shekou and independently arrange further transportation back to Hong Kong, via the ferry (1:10pm / 2:15pm / 3:35pm) or alternative border crossing.

 

 

 

Paella/Wok Series:

Sharing

Date: Friday, July 7th

Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location: Undisclosed space in Chai Wan

Attendance: By invitation only

 

The concept of the contemporary sharing movement, increasingly ubiquitous, is influencing the exchange of goods, data, images, services, and spaces of residence and work globally. Hong Kong’s scale, growth, and political situation have favored various forms of sharing experiments. Peer-to-peer local technologies, the architectures of informal rooftop communities, and the urbanisms originated from the so-called “umbrella revolution” serve as points of departure for a discussion around the potential of the culture of sharing. This series will explore the spatial, social, public, and private consequences of the sharing movement for the construction of more aspirational forms of public life.

 

This event is happening simultaneously in Hong Kong and New York. The Hong Kong event is kindly hosted by Mina Park. Food will be prepared by Eva Franch, Alan Lo, and Mina Park.

 

The Paella Series is a format that aims to produce intense conversations on delicate subjects through a space of intimacy and quotidian action, in this case cooking and eating. Held in a state of floating attention and distracted thoughts, conversations between a select group of guests are private but recorded and archived for possible public access.

 

Participants (Hong Kong): James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Arnault Castel ,Donald Choi, Patrick Hwang, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Sylvia Lavin. Leslie Lu, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Duncan Pescod, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Sara Wong, Eric Yim

Participants (New York): Adam Frampton, Andrew Heid, Caroline O’Donnell, Christopher Leong, Dungjai Pungauthaikan, Gian Maria Tosatti, Glen Cummings, Jing Liu, Jonathan Massey, Koray Duman, Landon Brown, Leah Meisterlin, Mark Wasiuta, Matt Shaw, Nikki Chung, Sean Anderson, Stefan Al, Venetia Taylor

 

Moderators: Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

 

 

Definition Series:

Smallness

Date: July 8th

Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Location: Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre (enter on Heung Yip Rd), 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP required)

 

“In mid-2014, the population of Hong Kong was 7.24 million, including 7.03 million Usual Residents and 0.22 million Mobile Residents. During the period 2010 to 2014, the population grew at an average annual rate of 0.8%.” Hong Kong’s limited physical territory and its population growth have increased the development of spaces for micro-living, augmenting the already high density of the city. Definition Series: Smallness, part of the Design Trust Futures Studio Public Review, examines how “smallness,” also understood as a form of agility in the face of seemingly fixed structures, can be operative in architecture. Addressing both public and private spaces, participants will present a definition of the notion of “smallness” and its impact upon the development of the city of Hong Kong.

 

Design Trust Futures Studio is a new cross-disciplinary initiative. Experts in design will focus on future-oriented thinking with outcomes that are impactful to society or public space in Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. With an inaugural theme of “SMALL IS MEANINGFUL,” the exploration and research of the Design Trust Futures Studio will initiate with an examination of housing and parks in Hong Kong, and will address how space is utilised, subsequently developing a series of new prototypes of micro-parks for Hong Kong.

 

Definition Series: Smallness is hosted in partnership with Spring Workshop.

 

The Definition Series invites participants to produce their own definitions of a given term, constructing a multifaceted edifice around particular words and their contemporary usage in specific fields, contexts, and practices.

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai, Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang

 

Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, James Chambers, Nelson Chen, Donald Choi, Patrick Hwang, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Duncan Pescod, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Ada Wong, Sara Wong, Eric Yim

 

Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

 

 

Manifesto Series:

Scale

Date: July 8th

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location: Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre (enter on Heung Yip Rd), 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP required)

 

The notion of scale allows us to understand relationships between space and context; born out of historical precedents and conventions of knowledge production, scale is a shifting cultural construct. Discussions about scale during the end of the last century in Europe focused on reevaluating scale in accordance with emerging infrastructural spaces and typologies. With homogeneous city models appearing worldwide, ideas of scale have been disseminated as yet another force of globalization. What scalar conditions are endemic to the contemporary reality of global metropoli in Southeast Asia and elsewhere? What can be understood from this context in Hong Kong? Manifesto Series: Scale presents seven-minute manifestos by a group of participants who will each take a position on scale in Hong Kong.

 

Manifesto Series: Scale is hosted in partnership with Spring Workshop.

 

The Manifesto Series invites participants to denounce a present or past condition; proclaim an alternative present, past, or future situation; and indicate a strategy or method of action.

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong

 

Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai,  Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang

 

Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Nelson Chen, Donald Choi, Tat Lam, William Lane, Lesley Lau, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Sara Wong, Eric Yim

 

Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Marisa Yiu

 

 

 

 

Walking Series:

Legibility

Date: July 9th

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, North Point

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP recommended via Facebook)

Meeting point and time:  Inside King George V Park (Entrance on Eastern Street, close to the corner of High Street) at 8:45am

Map: here.

Full schedule below.

 

The collective imaginary of a city is made up of recognizable icons, signs, symbols, ratios, chromatic palettes, smells, acoustic signatures, and other multiple modalities of perception. Moving through Hong Kong, from its continuous interior walkways to its sidewalks and onto the upper platforms of the city’s tram infrastructure, one perceives a city from particular types of vantage points. These perspectives, or geographies of perception, constitute an identitary signature of Hong Kong’s urban imaginary. Moreover, we now navigate the city with the aid of digital technologies that guide us each time through a different optimized experience. Our ability to read the city has shifted; neon signs are being substituted by pop-up ads, for example. In a time where the urban and the digital are colliding, how should we read the city?

 

What forms of experiencing the built environment are obsolete, and which are emerging? Walking Series: Legibility is a series of city tours led by local and international experts that will each render visible and legible a particular layer of the urban fabric and public life.

 

The Walking Series is an event that invites individuals both familiar with and foreign to a particular territory to lead a walking exercise through its streets or paths. Borrowing from examples of guided tours, the Walking Series unveils latent realities through a real-time experience of navigation and transit.

 

Participants: Adonian Chan, Maggie Lin, Brian Kwok, Kevin Mak, Pauline Tsang

 

Schedule

8:45am Meet Inside King George V Park, Sai Ying Pun (Entrance on Eastern Street, close to the corner of High Street)

9:00am Maggie Lin: smells (Meet inside King George V Park, Sai Ying Pun)

9:45am Adonian Chan: typography (Meet at Cheung Hing Tea Hong, 76 Queen’s Road West)

10:20am Brian Kwok: neon signs (Meet at The Pawn on Johnston Road, Wanchai)

10:55am Kevin Mak: urban perspectives (Meet at Exit A2 Street Level, North Point MTR Station)

11:30pm Pauline Tsang: senses and experience (Meet at TUVE, 16 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau)

 

Cabaret Series:

Excess (Too High Density)

Date: July 9th

Time: 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: Studio 9 design gallery and studio, Wong Chuk Hang

Attendance: Open to the public (RSVP required)

 

Excess, a fundamental term in modern aesthetic theory, enables the self but also annihilates it. The high density of Hong Kong constitutes one of its fundamental identities, but when is high density too high? Cabaret Series: Excess presents a series of performances about the costs and benefits of high-density urban living, as well as explorations on more sustainable ideas of growth and development.

 

Cabaret Series: Excess is hosted in partnership with Studio 9. Refreshments are kindly provided by The Coffee Academics.

 

The Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourses, audiences, and physical space in a playful and humorous manner. These events aim to produce new forms of communication between speakers, performers, and spectators through provocation, seduction, and immediacy.

 

Participants: Ethel Baraona, Gary Chang, Ashley Scott Kelly, William LaneThomas Tsang, Charlotte Lafont-Hugo & Gilles Vanderstocken,

 

Moderators: Carlos Mínguez Carrasco

 

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STOREFRONT TEAM:

Chief Curator and Executive Director: Eva Franch

Director of Strategic Development: Jinny Khanduja

Associate Curator: Carlos Minguez 

Projects Producer: Max Lauter

Interns: Asia Bazdireva, Lafina Eptaminitaki,Juan Carlos Javier,Amela Parcic, Luca Senise, 

 

 

Letters to the Parliament

Friday April 28, 2017

Letters to the Parliament

April 28th, 2017

4 – 6 pm

The Exhibition Building of Aarhus School of Architecture

Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

 

#letterstotheparliament     @storefrontnyc

 

What would you write to a minister?

 

Letters to the Parliament invites students and practicing architects to write letters

to members of the Danish Parliament as a means of bringing innovative ideas and

visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa. 

 

Letters to the Parliament is part of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by

Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014. This particular iteration is organized in

partnership with the Aarhus School of Architecture and RISING Architecture.

This project launches on April 28th, where the Exhibition Building at Aarhus School of

Architecture transforms into a “Parliament of Architecture”. 

 

Letters to the Parliament is part of the international festival, Rising Architecture. The

letters are a prelude for a public debate that will take place on September 11th at the

Aarhus School of Architecture. The event is a contribution to ReThink Aarhus,

European Capital of Culture 2017.

 

Future Letters

This edition of Letters to the Parliament is the premiere in an open and ongoing series of iterations of this project. To propose an edition in your city, please contact info@storefrontnews.org.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; Knippers Helbig; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Rockwell Group; Roger Ferris + Partners; Tishman Speyer; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

Special support for Letters to the Parliament: Denmark is provided by Aarhus School of Architecture, The Architecture Project, and Kulturhovedstad 2017. 

 

  

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Fast Buildings

Tuesday December 6, 2016 – Monday January 23, 2017

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Fast Buildings

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 – Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

FXFOWLE

22 West 19th St, 11th Floor, New York

 

#fastbuildings    #drawingseries

 

Fast Buildings was a selection of drawings from works produced as part of an ongoing initiative by Storefront for Art and Architecture to examine methods of architectural representation. The show brought together works by architects from past exhibitions, including Aesthetics / Anesthetics (2012), POP: Protocols Obsessions Positions (2013), Measure (2015), and Sharing Models (2016).

 

Each iteration of Storefront’s Drawing Series invites selected participants to consider Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space (A/A, POP, and Measure) or the island of Manhattan (Sharing Models) as a site to explore and reflect upon a specific topic through the medium of drawing. In each iteration, architects interrogate the architectural drawing as a method and means by which notions of representation and production could be understood—from aesthetic clichés to disciplinary obsessions to data visualizations—in order to present a new architectural idea.

 

These drawings were presented as a pop-up show at FXFOWLE’s gallery and were available for sale. All proceeds from the sale of these works supported Storefront’s ongoing programming. To inquire about acquisitions, please contact ae@storefrontnews.org.

 

The FXFOWLE gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Read more about the Fast Buildings works in the gallery guide above.

 

Drawing Series Participants:

Anna Neimark + Andrew Atwood

Bureau V

Odile Decq

DUS Architects

Ahmed ElHusseiny (KPF)

FleaFollyArchitects

Michelle Fornabai

Höweler + Yoon

Rutger Huiberts

Ania Jaworska

Bernard Khoury

Lateral Office (Mason White + Lola Sheppard)

Leong Leong

m-a-u-s-e-r (Mona Mahall + Asli Serbest)

Manuel Hertz Architects

Michele Marchetti (San Rocco Magazine)

Alex Maymind

MILLIØNS

MODU

nARCHITECTS

ODA

P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S (Georgina Huljich + Marcelo Spina)

Pedro & Juana

pneumastudio (Cathrym Dwyre + Chris Perry)

James Ramsey

RICA (Iñaqui Carnicero + Lorena Del Río)

Mark Robbins

Selldorf Architects

SITU Studio

David Sperling

T+E+A+M

The Open Workshop

Anthony Titus

Urban-Think Tank

Gia Wolff

 

Special Works:

Richard Barnes

Liam Gillick

Steven Holl

Alfredo Jarr

Ania Jaworska

Shirin Neshat

Jan Staller

Janina Tschäpe

Yvonne Venegas

StorefrontTV: Po(li/e)tical Ads

Saturday October 29, 2016 – Monday November 28, 2016

SfTV: Po(li/e)tical Ads

 

SfTV: Po(li/e)tical Ads

Open Call

Submission Deadline (*extended*) November 28th, 2016 at 11:59 pm

Contact: sftv@storefrontnews.org

 

#sftv     #storefronttv     #politicalads     @storefrontnyc

 

Political ads are often created specifically in support of or opposition to a particular candidate or an ideology embodied by a person or party. The manufacturing, broadcasting, and reception of these ads reflects the tone and tenor of the overall election season, and not necessarily the issues most important to the public or most pertinent to the people and places that candidates ultimately serve.

 

Po(li/e)tical Ads is an open call for short-form video ads that are both political and poetic. Contributors are asked to submit alternatives to contemporary political ads, addressing collective concerns that transcend individual egos and party platforms.

 

As the latest iteration of StorefrontTV, Po(li/e)tical Ads seeks experimental forms of visual media that widen the purpose and approach of political ads, appropriating motifs typically found in this form of communication to expand the coverage of public concerns that are often forgotten or neglected within the current political climate.

 

Selection Process:

A jury comrpised of Eva Franch, Paul Makovsky, Ivan Lopez Munera, Antoni Muntadas, Pau Suris Sunyer, and David Schwartz will review submissions.

 

Selected entries will be screened at Storefront for Art and Architecture’s gallery space in New York City, and presented online in collaboration with Metropolis Magazine.

 

This iteration of StorefrontTV is presented in partnership with the Museum of the Moving Image’s Living Room Candidate project, which serves as an online archive of presidential campaign commercials and visual media from 1952 to the present.

 

Please see below for submission information and guidelines.

 

About StorefrontTV

StorefrontTV (SfTV), founded in 2013, presents experimental broadcasts that focus on the disciplinary obsessions and absurdities of art and architecture. SfTV aims to address critical issues of ethics, economy, history, and celebrity by presenting a variety of video and performance formats. The first two seasons of SfTV ranged from talk shows to urban fairy tales, self-help programs, DIY videos, documentary, to avant garde performance, and were accompanied by short films in the form of “commercials.”

 

This season, SfTV calls for submissions of shorts inspired by the current US political cycle.

 

Submission Information and Guidelines

 

Videos should draw from or appropriate the format of political ads to reveal key topics, places, spaces, and/or people and groups that play a part in domestic and global debates as they relate to important contemporary social, economic, and political issues.

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS:

In order to submit:

-Upload your video to YouTube, Vimeo, or any other online platform with password protection.

-Email a link to your video to: sftv@storefrontnews.org with the subject line “SfTV Political Ad – [YOUR NAME].

-Please include the following information in the body of the email:

 

        BACKGROUND INFO

        Contributor Name(s) [exactly as you or your team would like to be credited]:

        Short Bio [100 words or less]:

        City/State:

        Email Address(es):

        Website:

        Social Media Info [Instagram, Facebook, etc.]:

 

        PROJECT INFO

        Project Title:

        Project Statement [100 words or less]:

        Link to Video:

        Password:

        Duration:

 

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Videos must be:

-Less than 60 seconds in duration

-High definition

-Minimum resolution

 

CONTENT GUIDELINES:

There are no specific guidelines for content, as StorefrontTV seeks to produce alternative and experimental formats of visual communication. Should you care to reference official rules and regulations, please see HERE for FEC guidelines on political ads.

 

NOTIFICATION

Contributors of selected entries will be contacted directly on or before December 5th, 2016.

 

CONDITIONS:

Please read and abide by the conditions outlined below.

-All work should be original and unpublished.

-Entries should not be made public until after the jury deliberation.

-There are no registration fees and there is no limit on the number of Submissions a given organization, team, or individual may submit.

-By entering this open call, any and all Entrants, and where applicable, their predecessors, successors, assigns, heirs, officers, directors, attorneys, agents, affiliates, parents, subsidiaries, employees, shareholders, and any other person or entity similarly situated, agree in full to these Terms and Conditions.

-No Entrant shall receive or be entitled to receive any payment as a result of a submission or for granting the promoters any right herein or associated with the open call.

-Copyrights associated with the submissions shall remain the property of the Entrants.

-Entrants agree to permit Storefront to use the submitted materials for public posting, publication, or exhibition, or for archival, promotional, educational, and other purposes as such institutions shall determine. The Jury and/or Storefront for Art and Architecture reserve the right to cancel or suspend the open call for any reason, including those causes beyond the organizer’s control that could corrupt the administration, security, or proper participation in the open call.

-Storefront for Art and Architecture reserves the right to amend these guidelines at any time without notice.

-No information contained in submissions shall be deemed confidential and such information may be shared with other governmental entities. Therefore, please do not submit any information that may be deemed proprietary in nature. Competition sponsors shall not be liable for any costs incurred by any respondent in the preparation, submittal, presentation, or revision of its submission. Competition sponsors shall not be obligated to pay and shall not pay any costs in connection with the preparation of such submissions.

 

ANONYMITY

-Video work must be anonymous and must not contain credits or references to its authors, producers, or promoters.

-Entrants must not communicate with members of the Jury about the open call in any way until there is a public announcement of the winner.

-No direct partner or associate of any Jury member may participate in the open call.

 

Support

Storefront’s programming is made possible through general support from Arup; DS+R; F.J. Sciame Construction Co., Inc.; Gaggenau; KPF; MADWORKSHOP; ODA; Roger Ferris + Partners; the Foundation for Contemporary Arts; The Greenwich Collection Ltd.; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Peter T. Joseph Foundation; and by Storefront’s Board of Directors, members, and individual donors.

 

   

Letters to the Developer

Tuesday October 4, 2016 – Saturday October 22, 2016

Letters to the Developer 

October 4th – 22nd, 2016

97 Kenmare St, New York, NY

 

#letterstothedeveloper     @storefrontnyc

 

In 2014, Storefront launched Letters to the Mayor, a project that invited architects to write letters to their city mayors as a way to open up dialogue about the making of cities and public life.

 

In the fall of 2016, Storefront launched Letters to the Developer in New York City.

 

Letters to the Developer: As part of this project, a select group of architects, curators, historians, and critics have each  been asked to write a letter to a New York City-based developer who should be recognized for making a positive contribution to public life. The letter articulates one exceptional act that the developer has carried out; an act that goes beyond common practice and that participants believe should become part of the norm.

 

The letters, as a collection, attempt to recognize the great achievements of developers in New York City by presenting a factual representation of the highest possible standards for development. Dwelling upon past and present achievements, the project aims to raise the level of awareness and recognition of acts that can help to inspire better development practices in New York City, and subsequently around the globe.

 

The letters were exhibited at Storefront’s gallery space in New York from October 5th to October 20th as part of the exhibition Work in Progress, which showcased alternative visions for New York City development projects, as well as a photographic survey of active construction sites throughout the city.

 

Participants

Spencer Bailey, Barry Bergdoll, Fred A. Bernstein, Phillip G. Bernstein, Suzanne Carlson, Eran Chen, Henry Cobb, Jean-Louis Cohen, Todd DeGarmo, Jared Della Valle, Patrice Derrington, Craig Dykers, Iben Falconer, Belmont Freeman, Mark Gardner, Peter G. Guthrie, Brandon Haw, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Frederick Iseman, Andrés Jaque, Dan Kaplan, Thorsten Kiefer, Roy Kim, James von Klemperer, Dominic Leong, Daniel Libeskind, Paul Makovsky, Thom Mayne, Shawn McLearen, William Menking, Joseph Mizzi, Stephen Moser, Enrique Norten, Nat Oppenheimer, Avani Parikh, Gregg Pasquarelli, Lisa Phillips, Richard Plunz, Linda Pollak, Gina Pollara, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Charles Renfro, Mark Robbins, Robert Rogers, Tomas Rossant, Bradley Samuels, Eduard Sancho Pou, Joel  Sanders, Annabelle Selldorf, Sylvia Smith, Michael Sorkin, Preeti Sriratana / Jonathan Garnett / Chelsea Meyer / Steven Harper, Oana Stanescu and Dong Ping Wong, Margaret Sullivan, Carl Swanson, Carla Swickerath, Thomas Sze Leong Yu, Nader Tehrani, Ada Tolla, Calvin Tsao and Zack McKown, Christian Wassmann, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, James Newton Wines, Adam Yarinsky

 

Future Letters

This edition of Letters to the Developer is the premiere in an open and ongoing series of iterations of this project. To propose an edition in your city, please contact info@storefrontnews.org.

Letters to the Mayor: Madrid

Thursday September 29, 2016 – Sunday October 9, 2016

Letters to the Mayor: Madrid

September 29th – October 9th, 2016

XII Semana de la Arquitectura

COAM

 

#LetterstotheMayor     @storefrontnyc

 

Letters to the Mayor: Madrid presents a collection of letters written by more than 50 architects, bringing pressing issues and new ideas to the desk of Mayor Manuela Carmena. 

 

Letters to the Mayor: Madrid takes place as part of the XIII Semana de la Arquitectura, and is the 11th edition of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014.

 

This project invites architects to write letters to their mayors, initiating a dialogue between those who represent a city and those that build it. International iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and individuals, bring the project to cities and towns across the globe. Each of the iterations share three common elements: 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.

 

Letters to the Mayor: Madrid is curated by Moneo Brock and Enorme Studio.

 

Mayor of Madrid:

Manuela Carmena Castrillo

 

Local Curators:

Moneo Brock and Enorme Studio

 

Mayoral’s Desk by:

Ana Arana and Enrique Ventosa

 

Floorpaper by:

Gonzalo del Val

 

Institutional Support:

COAM (Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Madrid)

 

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Participants

 

Acebo x Alonso, Andrés Cánovas Alcaraz, Andrés Jaque, Ángel Borrego Cubero, Ángela García de Paredes, Anupama Kundoo, Belén Hermida Rodríguez, Bollería Industrial, CanalsMoneo, Carlos Arroyo Zapatero, Carlos Espejo Escorial, Carlos Leganitos, CHIQUITECTOS, Edgar González, Elena Rivas Ruzafa, ELII, Fernando Landecho González-Soto, Fuensanta Nieto, Gabriel Ruíz Larrea, Gádor Carvajal, Gonzalo del Val, HUSOS, Ignacio Vicente Sandoval, Irene Alberdi, Israel Alba Ramis, Jaime Ortiz Belda, Javier Alonso Madrid, Javier Sanjuan, Jesús San Vicente, José Antonio Granero Ramírez, José Ignacio Linazasoro, Jose Juan Barba, José Manuel Santa Cruz Chao, Juan Carlos Vaquerizo Jiménez, Juan Elvira y Clara Murado, Juan Herreros, Juan Mera González, La Galería de la Magdalena, Lina Toro Ocampo, Luis Jurado Téllez, Luis Rodriguez-Avial Llardent, Luis Úrculo, Manuel Blanco, Manuel Ocaña del Valle, Mara Sanchez Lorens, Marcos Corrales, María Antón Barco, María José Aranguren, Marisa Sáenz de Oiza, Matilde Peralta, MI5VR, Miguel Fernández Galiano, Mónica Alberola, Nerea Calvillo, Néstor Montenegro, NUNDO, Paisaje Transversal, Paula García Masedo, Pedro Pitarch, Pepe Ballesteros, PYO ARQUITECTOS, Rafael Moneo, Ramón Francos Sánchez, Raquel Otero Ortiz de Cosca, Raquel Prendes, Ricardo Higueras de Cárdenas, Sandra Suárez Rionegro, Santiago Cifuentes Barrio, Taller de Casquería, Verónica Meléndez, VIC, Zuloark

 

About Enorme Studio:

ENORME is the evolution of three co-founders of PKMN Architectures, we’re Carmelo Rodríguez, Rocio Pina, David Pérez.

 

After having collaborated for ten years on more than one hundred projects we’ve just started with a new shared initiative that keeps the same radical approach to architecture.

We design and build ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS based on industrial systems and typological innovation. We’re specialists in mobile systems design applied to housing, office design and retail. We’ve changed the traditional concept of room in architecture, creating spaces that are easily converted through simple gestures.

We design and perform participation dynamics in the domain of city construction through our creative services platform CIUDAD CREA CIUDAD and the creation of CITIZENSHIP BRAND IDENTITIES. Our aim is to foster alternative ways to examine urban issues and to motivate the creation of a proactive citizen culture.

We design and apply TACTICAL URBANISM tools that transfer teamwork strategies and collective thinking dynamics into public and private space design and management. Our aim is to give the city back to citizens as an emotional, plural and relational space.

 

About Moneo Brock:

Moneo Brock is an international architectural, planning and design firm of versatile professionals committed to the identification and implementation of sustainable solutions, with great faith in the promise of good design. As we begin our work we carefully consider each project’s urban and natural context. Projects are thereafter developed with a clear sense of place and purpose. Finally, construction details are always rigorously controlled in order to be in concordance with the project’s fundamental concept. We are sensitive to the synergies that emerge in collaborative processes, viewing teamwork as fundamental to the creation of great work. We see each job as an opportunity to create a unique structure that can transform a part of the world, no matter the scale. Current project sites are in Spain, the USA, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Our work has been widely published in international media.

Belén Moneo (Harvard, 1988) and Jeffrey Brock (Princeton, 1985), founded Moneo Brock in 1993 in New York City after receiving their Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP in 1991, when they first collaborated professionally on a project for a loft in Tribeca. Maintaining connections with New York, the firm opened its Madrid office in 2002

 

 

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.

 

 

To read more about the project and other international editions, see here.

 

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.

 

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Letters to the Mayor: Lisbon

Thursday October 6, 2016 – Friday November 25, 2016

Letters to the Mayor: Lisbon

October 6th – November 25th, 2016

Lisbon Architecture Triennale 

Galeria dos Paços do Concelho

 

#LetterstotheMayor     @storefrontnyc

 

Letters to the Mayor: Lisbon presents a collection of letters written by architects to Fernando Medina, bringing pressing issues and new ideas to the desk of Lisbon’s newly elected mayor. 

 

Letters to the Mayor: Lisbon takes place as part of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (4e), and is the 12th edition of Letters to the Mayor, a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014.

 

This project invites architects to write letters to their mayors, initiating a dialogue between those who represent a city and those that build it. International iterations, organized in partnership with local institutions and individuals, bring the project to cities and towns across the globe. Each of the iterations share three common elements: 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.

 

Letters to the Mayor: Lisbon is curated by Ivo Poças Martins.

 

Mayor of Lisbon:

Fernando Medina

 

Wallpaper by:

R2

 

Curated by:

Ivo Poças Martins

 

Production Assistance:

EGEAC (Empresa de Gestão de Equipamentos e Animação Cultural de Lisboa)

 

Participants

Tim Abrahams, Julia Albani and Nuno Cera, Pedro Alonso, Ido Avissar, Baukuh, Neeraj Bhatia, Teresa Calix, Cartha, Carlos Carvalho, Christ & Gattenbein, CLUUA, Plan Común, Alexander Eisenschmidt, Fernandez & Serres, Jorge Figueira, Guillermo Lopez, Paolo Marcolin, José Mateus, Emma McNally, Manon Mollard, Nicholas de Monchaux, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Marc Nagtzaam, Victor Neves, Sara Orsi, Piovenefabi, Pedro Pitarch, Anna Puigjaner, Davidson Rafaelidis, Marina Rainho, Pedro Ressano Garcia, Patrícia Robalo Ribeiro, Bernardo Rodrigues, Eike Roswag-Klinge, Luis Santiago Baptista, Rafi Segal and Els Verbakel, Eliana Sousa Santos, André Tavares, Danny Wills, Mimi Zeiger

 

About the curator:

Ivo Poças Martins was born in Porto in 1980 and graduated from the University of Porto’s Faculty of Architecture (FAUP) in 2005 (having also attended the École National Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Val de Seine 2002/03 under the Erasmus programme). He is currently working on his PhD thesis at FAUP.

Parallel to his academic work, Ivo is also a partner in the Ivo Poças Martins e Matilde Seabra Arquitectos firm. He is founder and co-editor of the fanzine Friendly Fire dedicated to architecture and urban culture.

From 2012 to 2015 Ivo was a member of the editorial board of Jornal Arquitectos. In 2016 he joined the team for the 4th edition of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale as a curatorial assistant.

 

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 São Paulo (Brazil).

To read more about the project and other international editions, see here.

 

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.

 

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