AIA UK Film Night: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 from 19:00 to 20:45 (GMT)
London, United Kingdom
Please join us for a screening of The Pruitt Igoe Myth. This recent documentary premiered in the UK earlier this year and has been screened at numerous international festivals.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History
It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between? The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home. At the film’s historical center is an analysis of the massive impact of the national urban renewal program of the 1950s and 1960s, which prompted the process of mass suburbanization and emptied American cities of their residents, businesses, and industries.
The world-famous image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation. To re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma. To implode the myth.
1.5 CES Credits
Seating is limited. RSVP required.
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