The Pruitt-Igoe Myth


October 5 – October 11, 2020
October 5-11

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)
Director: Chad Freidrichs
83 minutes
English; Turkish subtitles

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing development has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The complex was intended to clean up the slums of the extremely unhealthy living conditions of St. Louis, Missouri, but just years after its 1956 opening, it was quickly associated with neglect, vandalism and crime.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in the US, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project’s residents.

As part of SALT Research Architecture and Design Archive programs, supported by Kalebodur, the 2011 documentary film will stream at during the World Architecture Week.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.

The Pruitt Igoe Myth 2011 <i>The Pruitt-Igoe Myth</i> [Pruitt-Igoe Miti] (2011) filminden bir kare ©Unicorn Stencil Documentary Films (Fotoğraf: St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Still from The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) ©Unicorn Stencil Documentary Films (Photo: St. Louis