Photography in the Urban Renewal Toolkit: The Case of Pruitt-Igoe

Jun 14, 2017

The researcher considers two approaches to the analysis of photographic practices carried out as part of the federally-funded Urban Renewal program. Using the case study of the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis, Missouri, he maps photographers’ points of view and fields of view into a digital model to produce representations of the space of photography and maps photographic fragments into a digital model to highlight photographers’ biases and omissions. The work discussed here is characteristic of ways in which photographic practices were used in other cities engaged in the Urban Renewal program.

keywords: photography, Urban Renewal, Pruitt-Igoe

Mike Christenson (North Dakota State University)
Presented at: 
ARCC 2017 Conference – Architecture of Complexity (Salt Lake City, UT)
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC)
University of Utah

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