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April 12, 2012


MRH MS Students Create Plan for the Former Pruitt-Igoe Housing Project Site

MRH Middle School students, working in partnership with the local architecture firm Chiodini Associates, has produced a submission for the Pruitt Igoe Now design competition. The students visited the site of the former Pruitt-Igoe housing project in November 2011 and began the conversation about what is possible for the site.

Pruitt-Igoe sketch

Pruitt Igoe Now has invited ideas from the creative community worldwide: individuals and teams of professional, academic, and student architects, landscape architects, designers, writers and artists of every discipline to re-imagine the 57 acres on which the Pruitt-Igoe housing project was once located.

The design competition seeks ideas that re-invigorate the abandoned site. In the spirit of that original St. Louis architectural competition—to which the Eero Saarinen-designed Gateway Arch stands as witness—the competition imagines the site of Pruitt-Igoe as a frontier: the threshold between North St. Louis, which is showing signs of stabilization after decades of decline, and the new design for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

Jurors will select the first, second and third most inspiring proposals and award them $1,000, $750 and $500 respectively. A broad selection of entries will receive honorable mention and inclusion in an online gallery. All entries will be publicly displayed in St. Louis for several weeks in 2012. The Pruitt Igoe Now advisory committee also plans to curate select competition submissions into a traveling exhibition that will tour beginning in Summer 2012.

Timeline for the competition:

  • May 1, 2012 - Design ideas revealed online.
  • June 1, 2012 - Selection of three winning entries and honorable mentions
  • June – August 2012 - Design ideas displayed in St. Louis.
  • Summer 2012 - Traveling exhibition of entries launches.

Download the MRH design submission for Pruitt-Igoe.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.