Nora Müller and Dunja

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“What we learned from Mbare: The informal economy can give insights into bottom-up developments, creative problem solving and inventive business models.
Working ‚with what is there‘ can contribute to a sustainable cycle”

Nora Müller
Location: Harare
Artwork statement: “Mbare is full of contrasts. It seems like “the dark side” is portrayed, but Mbare is also full of trees, craft skills, and creativity. The medium of a map is used as a tool to increase accessibility to hidden places, stimulate curiosity in an unfamiliar territory, and lower the threshold to visit. The motivation of the artwork is to create awareness for Mbare as an important resource for the metropolitan area of Harare through a playful presentation of a complex environment.”


  • What was your experience with art as a child and growing up?

I grew up in West Berlin. Urban development, vacant spaces, and the diversity of the city greatly influenced me.

  • How did it evolve over time?

I studied architecture in Berlin, and then I moved to Norway, followed by the Netherlands, for work. Experiencing different cultures shaped my perspective on the built environment.

  • Who or what influences your art? How would you like your art to influence others?

My favorite topics are vernacular architecture, the re-imagination of vacant spaces, the development of new, mixed-use typologies, and the use of alternative building materials, both traditional and recycled. I hope to connect people through design and building.

  • What do you think sets you apart from other artists in Zimbabwe?

In my capacity as an academic researcher and teacher for RWTH Aachen University, I worked on several design-build projects that connect academic research and practical building.

Artwork title: Mbare dura