“the day modern architecture died” citation quoted in The Language of Post-Modern Architecture published in 1997 by Charles Jencks page 9
The Wendell O. Pruitt Homes and William Igoe Apartments, known together as Pruitt–Igoe, were joint urban housing projects first occupied in 1954 in the US city of St. Louis, Missouri. Living conditions in Pruitt–Igoe began to decline soon after completion in 1956. By the late 1960s, the complex had become internationally infamous for its poverty, crime and racial segregation. The eleven-story high rises within the complex almost exclusively accommodated African-Americans. All 33 buildings were demolished with explosives in 1972, and the project has become an icon of failure of urban renewal, public-policy planning and public housing.