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AD Classics: Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project / Minoru Yamasaki

Few buildings in history can claim as infamous a legacy as that of the Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project of St. Louis, Missouri. Built during the height of Modernism this nominally innovative collection of residential towers was meant to stand as a triumph of rational architectural design over the ills of poverty and urban blight; instead, two decades of turmoil preceded the final, unceremonious destruction of the entire complex in 1973. The fall of Pruitt-Igoe ultimately came to signify not only the failure of one public housing project, but arguably the death knell of the entire Modernist era of design.

After two decades of crime and increasing maintenance issues, Pruitt-Igoe was ultimately demolished between 1972 and 1977. ImageVia pruitt-igoe.comThe gleaming towers of Pruitt-Igoe were to have been a “Manhattan on the Mississippi.” . ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Cadastral (Public Domain)Courtesy of "The Pruitt Igoe Myth"Much of the landscaping and community amenities Minoru Yamasaki originally proposed were never built, contributing to Pruitt-Igoe’s eventual downward spiral. ImageVia pruitt-igoe.com+ 8

F4 Parking / DeA architectes

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Saint-Louis, France
  • Architects: DeA architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Saint-Gobain, Villeroy & Boch, Arcelor Mittal, Schick Electronic

The FORUM Associative / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

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Green Varnish / Nomad Studio

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  • Architects: Nomad Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1150 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Sempergreen, Simpson Strong Tie, Thompson’s Waterseal, Warrior Roofing

Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center / Trivers Associates

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  • Architects: Trivers Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Merchant & Evans

Das Band meiner Stadt (The Band of My City) Winning Proposal / da architecture

Designed by da architecture, their first prize winning proposal in the IBA Basel 2020 competition, Das Band meiner Stadt (The band of my city), is a new dynamic that is brought to the Eastern railway station district of Quartier du Lys, which becomes the new landmark of the city of Saint-Louis. The development of this new district on the western side of the station area is characterized by a well-mixed, multi-use business district with offices, commercial and residential programs. This will benefit Saint-Louis train station and help the stream of travellers to further increase. More images and architects‘ description after the break.