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Heide Moldenhauer

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Heide Moldenhauer is an architect who was responsible for the renewal of Block 76/78 in the IBA Berlin 1987 project. Esra Ackan writes about Moldenhauer's important work in the book "Open Architecture: Migration, Citizenship and the Urban Renewal of Berlin-Kreuzberg by IBA 1984/87" - here's an excerpt:

"One of the very few women professionals in the urban renewal project, she took up dancing later and had her first public performance at Kreuzberg's Ballhaus Naunynstrasse on her 60th birthday. Having studied architecture in Stuttgart and sociology in Berlin, she worked for five years in DeGeWo housing in Wedding, which made her critical of the raze-and-build approach that was typical in urban renewal at the time. Soon after she quit that job due to her frustration, she received an invitation from IBA, but she was skeptical at first and reluctant to work in another Senate-sponsored urban renewal project. She changed her mind when she learned about Hammer's (Hardt-Waltherr Hamer) earlier work and his commitment to working with current residents, and when the Altbau director praised her reports on urban renewal. As she had been in a communist organization and had worked on the pro-abortion bill, she recalls that after she was hired IBA received an anonymous letter demanding that she be fired, but Hammer and Werner Orlowsky, the mayor of Kreuzberg, protected her.

The participatory architecture, self-help projects, photographs, building programs, public art installations, exhibitions and events that Moldenhauer designed, produced and organized during this process not only stand as unique examples of feminist practice, but also avoid the common forms of imperial feminism and ethnographic authority during the period. After working on the general planning, she became responsible for Blocks 76 and 78, in the Kottbusser Tor area, between Oranien-, Waldemar-, Naunyn-, and Adalbertstrasse and the Oranienplatz. She took about 3,500 diapositives on the streets, in the Hof-spaces and apartments, and during the tenant meetings and the renovation process, amassing a collection which now stands is nothing less than a sophisticated city archive of the period. (...) The first empty unit renovated under her responsibility in Block 76 served as a model apartment, used to gain the public's trust. Block 76 was also the exemplary project introduced in IBA's most visible Idee Prozess Ergebnis exhibition catalog, where its 424 out of 551 occupied units accommodating collectively 1165 residents out of which 770 were noncitizens and 456 where children illustrated the housing problem in numbers, while Moldenhauer's photographs provided the same evidence in images."

Later in her life, when she turned to dance, Moldenhauer became a driving force in the Berlin improvisation scene. In 2010, Tanz Fabrik in Berlin announced one of her show along with this biography:

"Heide Moldenhauer was born shortly before World War 2, learned various subjects until she discovered dance and performance and in 1999 performed her first full-length solo. She mainly shows solos, highly structured or completely improvised, sometimes teaches, so far in the cities of Berlin, Bremen, Dresden, Hildesheim, London, Petersburg, Roccatederighi, Tuscania. What you see today has been pulled out of the hat."

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