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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

When: Thu., Jan. 10, 9 p.m. 2013

St. Louis' Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex was an epicenter of urban renewal, controversial even as it was being built in the mid-1950s, and even more so when its 33 11-story buildings were demolished not 20 years later. In a documentary film including interviews with many residents, as well as the now-famous demolition footage, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the social, political and architectural story of the complex designed by World Trade Center architect Minoru Yamasaki. From postwar promise laced with segregationist rhetoric to urban blight that shocked the nation to a new model for community organizing in the complex's final throes, the tale of Pruitt-Igoe is a quintessential American story. The Architecture Film Series is organized by Triangle Modernist Houses and sponsored by Nowell's Contemporary Furniture. Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. screening are $9, or free for Mod Squad members. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $9

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