BERLIN – DAR ES SALAAM
Urban heritage: what is it? whose is it?
Who decides what gets to be preserved?
Why do certain places get destroyed?
What tools can we use to document and communicate it?
Between September 2015 and March 2017, a combination of activists, researchers and students have collaborated between Berlin and Dar es Salaam to excavate unseen spatial histories and confronting the implications of the built fabric on local residents.
“Heritage” is often understood from an institutional point of view –a label attributed to specific buildings and sites for their “historical value” by international organisations like UNESCO or ICOMOS.
What historical values do we look at? What do they represent, and how to handle preservation / demolition (sometimes even: erasure)?
Simulizi Mijini is inspired from a rights-based approach to heritage: right to access public spaces, right to representation and commemoration for minorities, right to consider immaterial traditions as cultural values… Urban Narratives should develop beyond Europe and North America, focusing on East Africa and particularly Dar es Salaam, can introduce different (comparative) perspectives on the formats and aspects of urban heritage.
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