The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
February 28, 2011 3:47 PM Subscribe
"Completed in 1954, the 33 11-story buildings of the Pruitt-Igoe housing development was built as an attempt to address the housing crisis the poor faced in St Louis, Missouri. Only twenty years later, at 3pm on the 16th of March, 1972, the buildings were leveled, declared unfit for habitation because of unsafe and unsanitary conditions, coupled with rampant crime. The story of Pruitt-Igoe is a tragic urban fable, a complicated and loaded story of ambition, hubris and failure." (src)"The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" is a documentary directed by Chad Freidrichs that dives into the complex history of the famed housing project (YouTube or Vimeo trailer). RustWire has an interesting interview with the documentary's creator. More information from Architizer, Homo Ludens, and Magical Urbanism. Be sure to check out the collection of pictures from the area and from the documentary in the creators' Flickr stream. [via Archinect and Mefi Projects]
Why they Built the Pruitt-Igoe Project. Photographs of Pruitt-Igoe residents and the surrounding neighborhood from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
A few of you might recognize the buildings from the movie Koyaanisqatsi (along with the well-known Philip Glass song).
Bonus: On-the-ground footage of one of the buildings being destroyed.
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