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AD Classics: Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project / Minoru Yamasaki

04:00 - 15 May, 2017
AD Classics: Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project / Minoru Yamasaki, An aerial photo by the US Geological Survey compares the narrow, monolithic blocks of Pruitt-Igoe with the neighboring pre-Modernist buildings of St. Louis. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Junkyardsparkle (Public Domain)
An aerial photo by the US Geological Survey compares the narrow, monolithic blocks of Pruitt-Igoe with the neighboring pre-Modernist buildings of St. Louis. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Junkyardsparkle (Public Domain)

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.com The 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

02:00 - 18 April, 2017
F4 Parking / DeA architectes, © Pierre-Manuel Rouxel / Gagnepark
© Pierre-Manuel Rouxel / Gagnepark

© Pierre-Manuel Rouxel / Gagnepark      © Pierre-Manuel Rouxel / Gagnepark      © Pierre-Manuel Rouxel / Gagnepark      © Pierre-Manuel Rouxel / Gagnepark      + 12

  • Architects

  • Location

    Saint-Louis, France
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Guillaume Delemazure, François Schoeny
  • Area

    70000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017

The FORUM Associative / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

02:00 - 12 April, 2016
The FORUM Associative  / Manuelle Gautrand Architecture, Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand
Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand

Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand Courtesy of Manuelle Gautrand + 36

Green Varnish / Nomad Studio

11:00 - 1 October, 2015
Green Varnish / Nomad Studio, © David Johnson
© David Johnson

Courtesy of Nomad Studio Courtesy of Nomad Studio Courtesy of Nomad Studio © Jarred Gastreich + 31

Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center / Trivers Associates

11:00 - 20 August, 2015
Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center  / Trivers Associates, © Sam Fentress
© Sam Fentress

© Sam Fentress © Sam Fentress © Sam Fentress © Sam Fentress + 20

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

01:00 - 5 April, 2013
Das Band meiner Stadt (The Band of My City) Winning Proposal / da architecture, © da architecture
© 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.