The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: a Film Screening and Panel

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The Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina (DCRP), with support from the Student ASLA of the College of Design at North Carolina State University, is 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 FREE event, open to the public, will wrestle with a host of contemporary urban issues, and discuss their implications for the greater Triangle community.

The event will begin with a film screening. 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. Check out the trailer here.

A short intermission will follow, featuring catering by Chapel Hill’s The Pig, after which a panel of experts will convene to discuss 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, will be joined by two professors–Dr. Thomas Campanella, professor of planning and urban design in the DCRP and Kofi Boone, professor of landscape architecture at North Carolina State and an authority on environmental justice. Finally, we are pleased to welcome Gregg Warren from DHIC, a Raleigh-based non-profit committed to developing affordable housing in the Triangle. Audience members will be able to hear the panel members engage each other and the range of topics broached by the film, and ask questions of their own.

Please join us for what will be a rousing, challenging, and hopefully rewarding discussion of critical urban issues. For more information, email goralnik@live.unc.edu, and make sure to join the event on Facebook. See you on the 15th!”

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