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.
Rotterdam architects' five questions for Mayor Aboutaleb on the city's future
This essay by Mark Minkjan attempts to boil down the architects’ visions for the future into five tasks for the city.