The Rotterdam edition features letters of architects such as Elma van Boxel, Elsbeth Ronner, Ekim Tan, and Nathalie de Vries,
providing a transversal understanding of relevant issues within local contexts. In the last decades, architects have engaged with the responsibility and 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 architects in the political arena has
often been relegated to answering questions that others have posed. In Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam the questions of the architects take centre stage, and the ethical and political dimensions of
an architect’s role in urban issues. The exhibition is the starting point for a further exchange with, among others, policymakers and residents of Rotterdam.
Storefront for Art and
Developed by Storefront for Art and Architecture in 2014, Letters to the Mayor
has been initiated in more than a dozen cities across the globe, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Panama City, Taipei, Mariupol, Madrid, Lisbon, and Buenos Aires. Storefront advances innovative
and critical ideas that contribute to the design of cities, territories, and public life.
On Friday, January 12, in the presence of the architects and mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb, the presentation will be opened at 16:30. For
previews and interviews please contact the Press Office.
Het Nieuwe Instituut is part of the basis cultural infrastructure, financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and
is financially supported by BankGiro Loterij, the City of Rotterdam, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Stichting Bevordering van Volkskracht.