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Film of the Month: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

A film examining the development and failure of a 1950s public housing complex in St. Louis, Missouri. 

By the late 1960s the complex had become internationally infamous for its poverty, crime and segregation, and the 33 buildings within the Pruitt-Igoe estate were torn down in a dramatic and highly-publicised implosion. It has since been held up as an example of failed public housing and modernist architecture.

The film explores the misconceptions about the project, the social and economic issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and follows the personal narratives of several of the project’s residents.

The complex was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the World Trade Centre towers.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Directed by Chad Freidrichs, USA, 2011, 83mins

Watch the trailer here

Posted in: Film Of The Month
Date: September 29, 2015