At the beginning of 2018 ‘Letters to the Mayor’ were presented by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. This installation consists of a series of letters addressed to Mr Aboutaleb, the mayor of Rotterdam, written by architects who work in Rotterdam. The project revealed that many citizens are committed to this and the mayor has indicated that he is keen to talk to architects. Het Nieuwe Instituut is organising two public meetings inviting the architects who wrote the letters and local residents of Rotterdam, designers and visual artists to add colour and provide in-depth information about these topics.
The second edition of this series of public debates is held during the Rotterdam Architecture Month. Important urban issues are discussed with Rotterdam architects, local residents, designers and visual artists.