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programme 16-27 march

16-17 MARCH 2017

Technische Universität Berlin
Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin
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17-26 MARCH 2017

Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U)
Siemensstr. 27, 10551 Berlin
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International Conference
Urban Heritage Activism
Berlin, 16-17-18 March 2017

Urban Heritage: What is it? Whose is it? Who defines it?

Urithi m’jini: Ni nini? Wa nani? Nani anafafanua?

Simulizi Mijini/Urban Narratives is an interdisciplinary inquiry into urban heritage in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Berlin, Germany. Through artist residencies, student exchanges and discursive events, the project has developed a more inclusive approach to urban heritage –embracing multiple voices and supports diverse readings of urban environments from a ‘bottom-up’ perspective (also called ‘from below). Two summer schools, 10 artist residencies and a symposium in Dar es Salaam have already taken place to start discussing the topic, and unprecedented bridges have been created between the two cities: by connecting contemporary cultural actors, and by proposing a re-reading of shared urban histories.

Simulizi Mijini culminates with a two-day international conference at the TU Berlin (16-17 March 2017) and a companion exhibition at ZKU (17-26 March 2017), along with other cultural events (tours, magazine launches, workshops).

At the Berlin conference, we will focus on heritage ‘from below’ –urban history as it is lived, represented and transformed by local communities in diverse geographical and cultural contexts. Speakers will address political ramifications and power struggles related to heritage; they will introduce the failures and solutions of various activism projects, especially in postcolonial contexts, and will debate contemporary tensions and future strategies for interventions, through two roundtable discussions at the end of each day. Many of the guests organise grassroots movements around the world, demanding a more inclusive approach to heritage, redefining how places in the built environment are valued and preserved. From this standpoint, the role of research and scholarship must be questioned as well.

Rather than convening an academic event, we will create a multidisciplinary platform for activists, scholars, artists, cultural producers, students and local residents to debate urban heritage, present innovative approaches and put forward inclusive solutions.

This project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

9:00-18:00 at TU Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin


Welcome Note Rachel Lee and Philipp Misselwitz
World Heritage – Counter Narratives
moderated by Gülsah Stapel
Laura Murray – Balancing Celebration and Critique in Community History — A Case Study from Canada

Samaila Suleiman – Ethnic Minorities and the Politics of Visibility: Visitor perspectives from the Museum of Traditional Nigerian Architecture

Leila Javanmardi – Fragile Heritage: The Forgotten Legacy of the twentieth Century in the Middle East

Susanne Förster, George Krajewsky and Jona Schwerer – Negotiating German colonial heritage in Berlin’s Afrikanisches Viertel

Heritage and Conflict

moderated by Yaşar Adanali
Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi – A Shadow Heritage of the Humanitarian Colony: Dadaab’s Foreclosure of the Urban Historical

Zinovia Foka – Heritage-making in Nicosia’s Buffer Zone: between Rediscovering Unity and Disempowering Local Initiatives

Mike Terry – Occupation: Structures of the Berlin Brigade

Engaging Unwanted Heritage

moderated by Anne-Katrin Fenk
Awami Art Collective- A Vacillation: Public Art for Society

Gozde Sarlak – Mobilizing Heritage movements over urban commons: The case of Istanbul’s Vegetable gardens

Rishika Mukhopadhyay- Intangibility in Heritage Conversation: Prospects of Kolkata’s Chinatown

Srdjan Mandic – Heritage and Governmentality: Spatio-Temporal trajectory of Mining Towns in post-socialist Serbia

Benjamin Häger – Un/shared heritage. The artwork “Monument” in Dresden as a Controversial Subject


Urban heritage from below: the critical now
moderated by Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi and Rachel Lee
with Yaşar Adanali, Luise Rellensmann, Rebecca Corey, Comfort Badaru (TBC)

19h30-22h, BücherBogen
Stadtbahnbogen 593, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg


ANZA MAGAZINE LAUNCH EVENT This evening will launch the 8th issue of ANZA magazine, the first East-African magazine for architecture and urban design, in special collaboration with Baunetz Woche. The issue deals with ‘Unintended Consequences’ in urban planning histories of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, exploring the intersection of cultural creativity and the built the environment. ANZA #8 also includes a selection of short stories collected by architecture and urban design students from TU Berlin and Ardhi University, during the Simulizi Mijini exchange project. The editorial team of ANZA will be present to introduce the new issue and answer questions. A warm welcome to Comfort Badaru, Comfort Mosha and Jean Paul Senyonyi!


Cover for ANZA Magazine issue #8, ‘Untitled Consequences’. In collaboration with Baunetz Woche.

9h-18h at TU Berlin, Hardenbergstr. 16-18, 10623 Berlin


Opening remarks Gabriele Dolff-Bonekämper + Claudia Jürgens
moderated by Claudia Jürgens
Avehi Menon- Mapping the city through memory: Bangalore Storyscapes

Vittoria Capresi – Tell me about “your heritage”. Oral history as a tool to raise awareness and narratives as a way to rethink architecture

Cord Pagenstecher – Forced Labour. The Testimony App by Berlin History Workshop

Erica Abreu and Marcelo Murta – The voices from the community in the Brazilian favelas’ museums


moderated by Diane Barbé
Jully Acuña – Heritage Descolonización of Indigenous People on the web

Maj Horn – How to map coexistence in urban landscape? Art project Maps for Copenhagen, an alternative self-organized guide to the city

Farah Makki – Cultural heritage and Urban Value (Co)creation: Insights from Karmouz, Alexandria/Egypt


moderated by Comfort Badaru
Monika Motylinska – Communicating Unwanted Heritage? The Case of the Technisches Rathaus in Frankfurt am Main

Mansion Art Collective – Self, City, Community: Mansion in Beirut

Jerome Chou and Stephen Zacks – Heritage Activation – Reclaiming the Present and Future City in Flint, Michigan

Ana Luisa Ribeiro – A Year in the Sertão – university, artistic creation and community in the Brazilian backlands

Juliane Richter – When a space becomes a place. RASTER : BETON in the big housing estate Leipzig-Grünau

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION What time is this place?
moderated by Gabriele Dolff-Bonekämper and Philipp Misselwitz
with Annika Seifert, Shraddha Bhatawadekar, Sarita Mamseri, Matthias Einhoff (TBC)
Closing remarks Rachel Lee and Philipp Misselwitz

20h-late at ZK/U, Siemensstr. 27, 10551 Berlin

EXHIBITION OPENING The shared exhibition ‘Juxtaposing Narratives’ presents the results of collaborations between artists, students and academics based in Tanzania and Germany, between 2015 and 2016. Art installations, multimedia inquiries and oral narratives collected during residencies in Dar es Salaam and Berlin approach the complex links between cultural identity, international migration, and the built environment in our globalised urban systems.

Cooking performances by Umesh Madanahalli and African Kingdom Restaurant (TBC)

with speeches by Anne Fleckstein (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), Jan van Esch & Rebecca Corey (Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam), Matthias Einhoff, Philip Horst & Harry Sachs (ZK/U, Berlin), Prof. Philipp Misselwitz Habitat Unit (TBC)

LIVE MUSIC AND DJ Paul Ndunguru + Twaba (LIVE)
Santuri Safari (DJ SET)


Cloud Chatanda
Rehema Chachage
Tellervo + Oliver Kalleinen
KUNSTrePUBLIK + Jan van Esch
Tassilo Letzel
Umesh Maddanahalli
Michelle Monareng
Patrick Mudekereza
Paul Ndunguru
Nadin Reschke
Alex Roemer + Johanna Dehio

More information about the artists and events here:

The cooking performance ‘Come Home, Meal’s Ready’ by Umesh Madanahalli at Nafasi Art Space Dar es Salaam in October 2015.

15h-20h at ZK/U, Siemensstr. 27, 10551 Berlin

 CURATORIAL TOUR 10 artists from Tanzania, Germany, India, South Africa and Finland present their work on urban heritage realised through the Simulizi Mijini residency exchange program (more information here)
Tour guided by Jan van Esch and Rebecca Corey (Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam) and the ZK/U team (Berlin).
Annika Seifert

Annika Seifert

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Ana Luisa Carmona Ribeiro

Ana Luisa Carmona Ribeiro

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1 APRIL 2016

09h-17h @ The British Council
Samora Avenue, Dar es Salaam

18h-20h @ Dar Centre for Architectural Heritage (DARCH)
Old Boma, Sokoine Drive, Dar es Salaam

International Symposium
Reconfiguring Urban Heritage from Below
Dar es Salaam, 1 April 2016

Urban Heritage: What is it? Whose is it? Who defines it?

Urithi m’jini: Ni nini? Wa nani? Nani anafafanua?

How can it build inclusive cities?

Urithi m’jini unawezaje kujenga miji shirikishi?

The Dar Centre for Architectural Heritage (DARCH) in collaboration with the Technical University Berlin and the Architects Association of Tanzania have the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the International Symposium Simulizi Mijini / Urban Narratives. We will present international examples of inclusive heritage practices and discuss their relevance for the context of Dar es Salaam.

Curated by Diane Barbé & Rachel Lee

We will be delighted to welcome you to the event! Free Admission. RSVP to darch . tz @ gmail . com (no spaces)

This project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Yaşar Adnan Adanalı
Yaşar Adnan Adanalı worked on development planning, research and management in London, South America and Tanzania. Yasar coordinated the Istanbul Forced Eviction Map, which was first exhibited at the International Architectural Biennale Rotterdam and at the Open City Istanbul Exhibition. Yaşar is co-founder of the independent urban research institute Beyond Istanbul. He is a voluntary member of One Hope Association (Istanbul) and keeps blogs such as Reclaim Istanbul and Mutlukent (Happy City).
Comfort Badaru
Comfort Badaru is a graduate from Ardhi university’s architecture degree. She is a co-founder and editor of ANZA magazine in Dar es Salaam, the first architecture magazine for East Africa, which has gained wide exposure in Europe and East Africa. She has been selected to pursue a masters’ degree in Urban Management at the Technische Universität in Berlin in 2016-2018.
Walter Bgoya
Walter Bgoya is the managing editor of Mkuki na Nyota, an independent scholarly publishing company in Dar es Salaam, and chairman of the international African Books Collective. From 1972 to 1990 he directed the Tanzania Publishing House, which played a major role in making Dar es Salaam a center for progressive intellectuals from around the world.
Antoni Folkers, Iga Perzyna & Marie Morel
Antoni Folkers, Iga Perzyna and Marie Morel are part of the team of African Architecture Matters, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2010 by Antoni Folkers and Berend van Der Lans. Together, they have worked on the Ng’ambo Tuitakayo project, exploring issues of urban regeneration and using intangible heritage practices as a tool for urban planning in Ng’ambo, the lesser known part of Zanzibar Town.
Iain Jackson
Iain Jackson is a Senior Lecturer, BA Director of Studies and architect at the Liverpool School of Architecture. Focusing on the history of architecture in postcolonial nations, he directed a research program on the notion of modernism within India, specifically in Chandigarh. As part of Envisioning the Indian City: Spaces of Encounters, an augmented reality app was created for the city of Kolkotta which intends to to re-imagine the city and its population and open a platform for discussion on urban heritage.
Muhammad Juma
Muhammad Juma is an architect and urban planner from Zanzibar. He has worked as a consultant for the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris in the field of conservation in Africa and contributed to developing the Historic Urban Landscape recommendations for sustainable management of urban heritage. He is currently the Director of Urban and Rural Planning in the Zanzibar Islands (DoURP) and is engaged in the preparation of a new land reform and Spatial Framework for the Zanzibar Islands.
Johan Lagae
Johan Lagae is a Professor at Gent University and currently teaches 20th century architectural history with a focus on the non-European context. He has conducted research on urban and architectural heritage in Kinshasa, DR Congo, and has led the European Architecture beyond Europe between 2010 and 2014, which allowed the creation of an international community of scholars from more than 15 European countries and partner countries, such as Australia, Argentina, Algeria and Israel.
Hannah Le Roux
Hannah Le Roux teaches, practices, curates and writes about architecture at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. Her current research, lived modernism, is based on the observation of change in time of modernist spaces, and proposes and maps designerly practices that catalyze the social appropriation of space.
Joy Mboya
Joy Mboya is the Executive Director of the GoDown Arts Center, a leading non-profit multidisciplinary arts facility in Nairobi, Kenya, that provides subsidised space for Kenyan artists and spearheads entrepreneurial capacity building programs and creative sector discourses for artists in the East Africa region.
Deogratias Evarist Minja
Deogratias Minja is a consultant for the World Bank and collaborated with Kenya-based NGO Groundtruth to document the resources and features of Tandale, a partly informal neighborhood of Dar es Salaam, via open street map. A community-based blog and mapping programme which can be visited here.
Philipp Misselwitz
Philipp Misselwitz is an architect and urban planner based in Berlin. He received his PhD from Stuttgart University for research on socio-spatial development within urbanised refugee camps. He is currently the Chair of Habitat Unit at the Institute for Architecture of the Technische Universität Berlin – a globally networked research and teaching centre focused on the study of urbanisation processes in the Global South. His current research focuses on user-driven urban development processes and co-production in housing in the Global South, rural urbanisation processes, translocal spatial production as well as transdisciplinary teaching methodologies in the urban design field.
Annika Seifert
Annika Seifert is initiator and coordinator of the newly founded heritage management and architectural preservation think tank DARCH!, made possible by a grant by the European Development Fund. Since 2010, she has worked for the Goethe-Institut Tanzania, developing and coordinating the project series Global City – Local Identity, which looks at rapid urban development and the phenomenon of a cultural identity crisis in east Africa. Her current research in the field of urban heritage and city development in East Africa and the global south is also the subject of her PhD thesis.