Please join us for the opening of Letters to the Mayor: Oslo at DOGA on Tuesday 26 September at 18.00.
Oslo's Mayor, Marianne Borgen, will be present to open the exhibition. She will be presented a copy of all the letters from the exhibition, and she will offer an initial response. Select participants and other local decision makers will then continue the conversation through a discussion about the development of Oslo.
Letters to the Mayor: Oslo displays personal letters from invited local and international architects and urban planners, in which they express their wishes and visions for the city's future. The purpose is to create a forum for dialogue as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
Letters to the Mayor: Oslo is part of a global series initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. Since 2014, it has been presented in several major cities around the world, including Athens, Bogota, Lisbon, Mexico City, New York and Taipei, among others. The Oslo Architecture Triennale (OAT) in collaboration with Storefront, organizes and presents this iteration of the project in Oslo, with an exhibition design by Tron Meyer.
During the exhibition period, OAT, in collaboration with the Oslo Architectural Association (OAF) and Oslo’s Planning and Building Agency (Pbe), will host two open debates addressing issues that arise in the letters. Architects, politicians, residents, and other agents concerned with Oslo's built environment will be invited to partake.
Debate with Oslo's Planning and building Agency: Info on exact time and venue to follow.
Debate with the Oslo Architectural Association: 19 October. Info on exact time to follow.
Letters to the Mayor: Oslo is part of an ongoing and collaborative process of developing a new architecture policy for the city of Oslo.
About Letters to the Mayor
Letters to the Mayor is a project initiated by Storefront for Art and Architecture (based in New York City) in 2014. Since its start, the project has been presented in various cities across the world, including Bogota, Mexico City, Athens, Taipei, and Lisbon, among others. Each iteration of Letters to the Mayor invites 100 architects to write a letter to their mayor as a means of bringing innovative ideas and visions of the city closer to the decision-makers, and vice versa.
Storefront for Art and Architecture advances innovative and critical ideas that contribute to the design of cities, territories, and public life. Storefront’s exhibitions, events, competitions, publications, and projects provide alternative platforms for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, geographic, and ideological boundaries. Since its founding in 1982, Storefront has presented the work of over one thousand architects and artists.
Storefront provides physical and digital spaces for experiments, and the organization is known widely for its downtown Manhattan gallery space designed by Steven Holl and Vito Acconci. In recent years, an expansion of Storefront’s international programming and commitment to spatial experimentation make it one of the only platforms focusing on art, architecture, and design that addresses and fundamentally changes the way we think about society and the built environment on a global scale.
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