Archinect - News 2017-09-20T12:46:53-04:00 The TMH/Nowell's Architecture Movie Series Presents "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth" kimweiss 2012-12-18T13:04:00-05:00 >2012-12-20T14:16:24-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Pruitt-Igoe has lived on symbolically as an icon of failure. Liberals perceive it as exemplifying the government's appalling treatment of the poor. Architectural critics cite it as proof of the failure of high-rise public housing for families with children. One critic even asserted that its destruction signaled the end of the modern style of architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> December 16, 2012 (Raleigh, NC)&nbsp; --<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Triangle Modernist Houses</a>&rsquo; Nowell&rsquo;s Architecture Movie Series continues in January with a special screening of &ldquo;The Pruitt-Igoe Myth&rdquo; on Thursday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Raleigh Grande</a>.</p> <p> Pruitt&ndash;Igoe was a 33-building urban housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki, who also designed the former World Trade Center towers. It was named for Wendell O. Pruitt, an African-American fighter pilot in World War II, and William L. Igoe, former U.S. Congressman. Costing $36 million, 60 percent above the national average for public housing at the time, the design was heralded as a transformative tool for the disadvantaged; the architects and city planners sold the project to the public on the belief that good design would make a hugely positive difference in people&rsquo;s lives.</p> <p> However, living conditions in Pruitt&ndash;Igoe began to decline very soon after completion in 1956. By the late 1960s, the complex was internati...</p>