Letters to the Mayor - Rotterdam

date: 17 Jan 2018
Letters To The Mayor: Rotterdam

Last Friday 12 January 2018, mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam opened 46 personal letters written by a select group of architects. The presentation is on show until 11 February. The letter LOLA wrote underlines the importance of an all-inclusive Rotterdam: accessible for all people, all incomes, and all flora and fauna.

Letters to the Mayor is a presentation series comprising a set of personal letters written by architects to their city mayors. For the edition in Rotterdam, a group of architects who have a relation with the city were invited to deliver their thoughts directly to Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to its decision-makers, and vice versa.

The Rotterdam edition features letters of architects such as Zus, De Urbanisten, MVRDV and LOLA landscape architects. In Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam the questions of the architects take centre stage, and the ethical and political dimensions of an architect his role in urban issues. The exhibition is the starting point for a further exchange with, among others, policymakers and residents of Rotterdam.

Our letter addresses the way we have seen Rotterdam change the past decade. The city has become vibrant and attractive, a beautiful combination of large, modern buildings mixed with numerous small ateliers, popups and gardens. But Rotterdam is building all available plots in the city it seems. This is a serious threat for the accessibility and the livability of Rotterdam . To capture our ambition for Rotterdam in a city marketing slogan: we envision Rotterdam to become the first all-inclusive city in the world: accessible and affordable for everyone. For flora, fauna and Homo sapiens. 'For everyone and everything' should be the new motto for this city, and the public space could be the testing ground for this vision.

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2011
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