Re-enactment is used within both the architectural and non-architectural context for exploration, experimentation, posterity, entertainment, and forgery. Within the context of this studio, various modes of re-enactment and the resulting narrative and physical forms have been catalogued and then re-applied in new (or not so new) ways. Through the methodology of re-enactment, a proposal for new architectural possibilities are contemplated and applied to the site of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis, Missouri.
This project began with an in-depth investigation into the stories, both well known and obscure, of Pruitt-Igoe, before, during and after the housing project itself. From this investigation, details concerning events, programs, and form were appropriated to conduct figural on-site explorations. These figural expressions literally re-act to and re-form their particular histories to register past events and project possible future ones. The accumulation of these figural characters and their new stories forms a narrative landscape that attempts to architecturally re-tell the story of Pruitt-Igoe.
Status: School Project
Location: St. Louis, MO