The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

DVD - 2012
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Built in 1956, 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. The footage and images of its implosion have 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.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features, [2012]
Branch Call Number: DVD 363.50977866 PRUITTIGO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Built in 1956, 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.


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HellbillyHillhound
Nov 14, 2015

Michael Middleton: "I don’t blame white people who don’t understand. I blame our ugly history, and I think it’s important we learn that history and understand it, so that we can get beyond that history and build the institution and the country that we imagine, rather than the institution or country that is." Michael Middleton, Law Professor, is now the Interim President of U of Missouri. This doc. allows white America to see some of the "ugly history". The racial divide in Missouri is real. We've been seeing headlines coming from there in recent memory that reflect that. Hopefully we all can understand it and learn from it and move forward in a positive direction.

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akirakato
Aug 01, 2015

This is a 2011 documentary about the "Pruitt–Igoe" public housing project.
The living conditions of this large urban housing began to decline soon after its completion in 1956.
By the late 1960s, the complex had become internationally infamous for its poverty, crime, and segregation.
Its 33 buildings were demolished with explosives in the mid-1970s, and the project has become an icon of urban renewal and public-policy planning failure.
It is a gripping and thought-provoking documentary.

Samsung Mar 18, 2015

This documentary left me with many great questions. There seems to have been a convergence of many problems with the complexes. The interviews teach us that at least some residents always liked Pruitt and Igoe, and that outsiders don't understand that.

I'm not sure why the housing was even heralded as innovative in the first place. From my understanding, everything was segregated from the beginning hence the double name, Pruitt and Igoe. It could have just as well been called black and white. How does such an idea get pinned as innovative?

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cemakela
Aug 27, 2014

This was probably the most important documentary of our time. Globalization is turning our entire planet into a Pruitt-Igoe, and few are doing anything about it.

This film should be required viewing for every child, educator, politician, city planner...in the US and elsewhere. It is a 'what not to do' guide for not only public housing, but for segregation, industrialized agriculture, city planning and much more. It shows us that the people living in Pruitt-Igoe only wanted one thing: to make sure that their children are safe and healthy, that they have shelter, food, simple comforts, and most importantly: community. These are the basic necessities for human beings to thrive. A little respect and common courtesy also go a long, long way.

aaa5756 Nov 10, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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