Н2О URBAN festival
CoolConnections and the Institute of Media Architecture and Design "Strelka" present the Environment Film Festival H2O URBAN - 10-11 July
10 July, Tuesday /// 22-30
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
USA 2011, 79 min.
Director Chad Friedrichs
Construction of the St. Louis social housing complex, named after the black hero of the Second World War Oliver Pryuit and white congressman William Igou in 1954, was a miracle. But 20 years later the complex ingloriously ended its existence in the ruins. What happened during this time? On the example of the infamous story of Pryuit-Igou the film tells about how much the state program of modernization of cities has changed post-war America. The authors are trying to move away from a pattern relation to the destroyed residential complex as the symbol of absolute failure, due to which public assistance programs and the very idea of social housing were subjected to criticism. The picture is trying to restore the historical truth and to refute the well-known legend of Pryuit-Igou.
11 July, Wednesday /// 22-30
Detropia USA 2012
Directors Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Everyone knows the story of growth and prosperity of Detroit in the XX century - a rapid economic growth and a huge influx of population at the beginning of the century led to the fact that in the 50s Detroit became a major center of mechanical engineering in the U.S., the richest city in the country where the plants of Ford, General Motors, Chrysler were concentrated. But after the economic crisis of 2008, the city was moving to the decline and ruin as rapidly as in the beginning of the last century it came to prosperity. Residents leave the metropolis with an average speed of one family in 20 minutes. Over the past decade the number of jobs in Detroit fell by half. The film makers, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, talk about those who refuse to leave the empty city and hope to revive its former greatness.
Source: Look At Me