Pruitt Igoe

I think my whole perspective of architecture changed when I watched the destruction of the Pruitt Igoe,  St. Louis housing complex that was demolished in 1972 and is considered one of the touchstones in the 'death' of modernism. The site is typical of the towers in the park ideal most notably ascribed to public housing and derived from version of Le Corbusier's Radiant City designs.  In this case, bars of housing were interwoven with roads, parking, and open space within immense superblocks as seen in the aerial and plan of the original development.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History – Film Trailer from the Pruitt-Igoe Myth on Vimeo.

A new competition has just been launched that seeks the ideas of the creative community worldwide: individuals and teams of professional, academic, and student architects, landscape architects, designers, writers and artists of every discipline have been invited to re-imagine the 57 acres on which the Pruitt-Igoe housing project was once located."   What could the site be today?

1 comment:

  1. Charles Jencks eventually declare the moment of the bombing 'The Death of Modern Architecture'. Btw interesting blog.