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Film Screening: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

March 6, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Price: $12 ($8, BSA Members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Film Screening: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Watch filmmaker Chad Freidrichs unravel the reasons behind the failure of the Pruitt-Igoe public-housing complex, an iconic model for public housing built in St. Louis in the late 1950s. The documentary traces the personal stories of some of its residents while arguing that the tragic ending of this urban experiment was not rooted in the demographic composition of its inhabitants.

This screening will be held at 6:00 pm on Friday, March 6, at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston) and is the fourth film in Keeping it Reel, a six-part BSA Space Film Series covering various design topics. Complimentary refreshments and popcorn will be served. All proceeds from the series support the BSA Foundation

Built in 1956 and then destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public-housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians, and policymakers. What began as a housing marvel, Pruitt-Igoe was heralded as the model public-housing project of the future, “the poor man’s penthouse.” Two decades later, it ended in rubble—its razing an iconic event that the architectural theorist Charles Jencks famously called, the death of Modernism.