Habitat Unit

Prof. Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Dr. Rachel Lee, Diane Barbe

Simulizi Mijini, Urban Narrative

SIMULIZI MIJINI / Urban Narratives is a transnational exchange project between Berlin, Germany and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Through a curated programme of bilateral exchanges between urbanists, artists and publicists from Germany and Africa, SIMULIZI MIJINI explores urban heritage in Dar es Salaam (Dar), Tanzania, and Berlin, Germany, excavating unseen spatial histories and confronting the implications of the built fabric on local residents. The project has invited artistic interventions in the urban fabric of both cities and will culminate in a public conference and exhibition at ZK/U in Berlin and the publication of a book in March 2017.

This module explores ways in which urban narratives and cultural identities and heritage can be communicated and visualised to reach a broader audience. Students will support and contribute to the creation of a book and an exhibition due at the end of the semester. The contents and contributions are the outcome of the Simulizi Mijini programme (art projects, student works, interviews and research articles) which has been established as a collaborative project since April 2015.


Tasks will include: transcribing and editing symposium and summer school presentations, translating English texts into German, developing the book concept and layout, developing the exhibition concept and design for both the final exhibition in Berlin and an oral history exhibition in Dar, designing the exhibition catalogue. Students must commit to continue the project during break (February - March 2017). Priority is given to previous Simulizi Mijini students.

Course Information+

Seminar - 6 ECTS
Arch MA - WP, UD MA - WP, MA SRP - WP

Teaching Days
Mondays, 12 am - 4 pm

First meeting
October 31, 2016, 12 am

Apply by October 20, 2016 with a short motivation letter to


Diane Barbe

Room A 621
T + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21830
F + 49 – 30 – 314 – 21907