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Film Screening: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011, USA, 83 min.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011, 6–8:30 pm


Still from The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex in St. Louis has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians, and policy makers. Created in the postwar housing boom, Pruitt-Igoe was to be a symbol of renewal, prosperity, and democracy. It appeared to offer a largely African American community the chance to leave tenements behind for a clean, modern lifestyle. But as Chad Freidrich’s documentary shows, the American city was also changing in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake.

Q&A with Producer Paul Fehler and New School Professor Joseph Heathcott will follow screening

6 pm open seating
6:15 pm screening

Image courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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