The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: A film screening and discussion
DCRP, with support from the Student ASLA of the College of Design at N.C. State, was proud to host an interdisciplinary exploration of the past, present, and future of affordable housing, equity, and design in the American city.
Using film and expert panel discussion, this event wrestled with a host of contemporary urban issues, and their implications for the greater Triangle community.
In "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth," official selection at the Los Angeles and Silverdocs film festivals and winner of the 2012 ABCNews Videosource Award, director Chad Friedrichs pairs archival footage, interviews with former residents, and the latest in contemporary urban historiography to examine how the rise and fall (literally) of St. Louis' Pruitt-Igoe housing complex impacted the lives of its tenants, the fabric of its city, and the climate of discussion surrounding the American city, then and now. Video trailer
After the viewing, a panel of experts led a discussion on the issues raised by "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth."
Dr. Joseph Heathcott, professor of Urban Studies at the New School for Liberal Arts, whose expertise in Pruitt-Igoe was called upon in the making of the film, was joined by professors Dr. Thomas Campanella of DCRP, and Dr. Kofi Boone, professor of landscape architecture at North Carolina State and an authority on environmental justice. Planning practitioner Gregg Warren, from DHIC (a Raleigh-based non-profit committed to developing affordable housing in the Triangle), completed the panel. Audience members were able to ask questions and hear the panel members engage with each other on a range of topics broached by the film.
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