START UP ! ST.LOUIS
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI
When most think of Pruitt-Igoe, it is images of an infamous day in 1972 when the first social housing block was imploded. The fate of Pruitt-Igoe, even if it admittedly has had a very singular history, is also linked to the larger consequences of the rise and fall of an industrial economy that have undermined major cities from Detroit to Liverpool to Leipzig. The landscapes of postindustrial abandonment are today’s veritable no man’s lands.
In order to reclaim these zones, we must accept one important constraint. Faced with the dramatic depopulation of these cities and the continual globalization of the world’s increasingly competitive economy, we must understand that the cities most affected by de-industrialization will never be what they were and it is the uniquely qualified role of architects and urban planners to articulate an alternative urban vision.
CREDITSP. MEEHAN, E. LE ROUX,