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At the opening event of Letters to the Mayor: Rotterdam on 12 January 2018, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb invited the 46 architects who wrote a letter to condense their ideas into five key questions for local government.

These questions will form the centre of a meeting with the responsible aldermen to discuss how this might shape new strategies for Rotterdam. This event will take place just before summer 2018. As a first step towards reflecting on the body of texts, critical thinkers (Adeola Enigbokan, Mark Minkjan, Malique Mohamud), each with a different relation to the city of Rotterdam and the field of architecture, were invited to write a reflection on these 46 letters. These reflections, published in instalments, contextualise, summarise or critique the letters and give the reader a first way into the collection of letters.

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