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  • Published: [United States] : First Run Features, [2012]
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Description: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: NR

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  • 720229915090

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The Pruitt-Igoe myth

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Call number: DVD 363.5 Pr

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor

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"Special Features. Bonus Film: 'More Than One Thing (Dir. Steve Carver; 30 min; 1969). DIrector's Commentary by Chad Freidrichs. Additional Interviews. Pruitt-Igoe Site Tour." ---from container.

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.


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