The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Film Screening
Tuesday September 29, 2015 at 6.30pm
@ The West End Museum
Chad Freidrichs’ documentary tells the story of the Pruitt-Igoe, an ill-famed 1954 St. Louis public-housing complex, demolished in 1972. Minoru Yamasaki, who designed the World Trade Towers, was the architect behind the project that became a symbol of failure among architects. The date of the demolition of America’s first major public housing project was even hailed as “the day that modern architecture died” by Charles Jencks, a renowned architect and critic of postmodernist architecture.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth expertly combines emotionally powerful interviews with the former Pruitt-Igoe residents and vivid archival footage. It is a personal and unsettling insight into the hiccups of the urban policies, akin to those that were implemented in many other US cities following the 1949 Housing Act.
“An uncommonly artful example of film journalism”
“Along with the exposé of hopeless botches and compromises, the movie contains surprising recollections of a brief paradise lost”
The New Yorker
This movie is: Documentary
Director: Chad Freidrichs