Film + TV

We Are City: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

When: Thu., April 5, 7 p.m. 2012

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. The world-famous image of the implosion of the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure that has been used to criticize both Modernist architecture and public housing residents. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011, dir. Chad Friedrichs, 79 mins.) tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, when suburbanization led to destitute urban cores, increasingly segregated by class and race. The residents of Pruitt-Igoe were among the hardest hit. Their memories of survival, adaptation, challenge, and success are the emotional heart of the film. After the film, participate in “action tables” related to residential architecture and affordable housing in Indianapolis. Screening co-presented by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

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