Design We Love: Pruitt-Igoe and the death of Modernism

Over the past week the Coolidge Corner Theater has been screening the The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. Jeremy Garczynski checked it out last night.

This film looks at the (in)famous Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis that was built in 1955 only to be demolished in 1976. Designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki it was – partly based on its scale – supposed to be the pinnacle of Modernisms ability to solve societal problems relating to housing and poverty. Examined through the lens of former residents, the film examines how greater demographic and societal shifts contributed to the demise of the project. Much like other failed housing projects across American cities during that time, it was viewed as the death of Modernism. When the movements ambitions sought to solve a problem that was perhaps too big and complex for a single solution.

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