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On 4 March 2019, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and Alderman Said Kasmi of the Education, Culture and Tourism department, Rotterdam, received the publication containing the results of the Letters to the Mayor project. This included five short manifestos on the most pressing issues for the city accompanied by the original letters, three critical reflections, reports from public talks, and an image essay by the Rotterdam photographer Rubén Dario Kleimeer.


In this second debate, we will take a closer look at Rotterdam’s green and healthy side. How can we keep the city safe for pedestrians and cyclists? Does it have enough parks and open spaces? Where do clean air and the port come in? With Cees van der Veeken (LOLA Landscape Architects), Willemijn Lofvers (Bureau Lofvers), Froukje van de Klundert (Posad Spatial Strategies), Cesare Peeren (Superuse Studios) and Catherine Visser (DaF Architecten).


This first debate from the series Letters to the Mayor will focus on the inclusive city. How can Rotterdam remain open to everyone, and how can the built environment sufficiently represent its inhabitants? Are Rotterdammers being forced out of their city? With guest debaters Eloah Udenhout, Barbara Luns, Dirk van Peijpe, Elma van Boxel and Dirk Osinga. Moderation by Daan Roovers.


The exhibition Letters to the Mayor – Rotterdam is one of the results of a year-long collaboration on the theme of ‘City Forces’ between Het Nieuwe Instituut and Storefront for Art and Architecture.

Letters to the Mayor was made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Marina Otero Verzier, Marten Kuijpers, Michiel Raats
Eva Franch, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco
Arna Mačkić & Lorien Beijarts, Studio L A
Rudy Guedj
Arif Kornweitz
Sophia Seawell, Malique Mohamud
Yev Kravt
Rogier Goetze