Was Minoru Yamasaki the unluckiest Modern architect of the last century?
On the 11th of September 2001, his World Trade Centre was destroyed by terrorist hijackers.
The World Trade Center
But more than thirty years before, the infamous public housing at Pruitt Igoe he designed with George Hellmuth in 1951 was demolished by the City that built it.
The Puitt Igoe project was supposed to be the epitome of modernist architecture - "designed for interaction" and a solution to the problems of urban development and renewal in the middle of the 20th Century. The scheme was in the De Soto-Carr neighbourhood, an extremely poor section of St. Louis. The City commissioned it as part of the post-WWII federal housing program, in an attempt to bring people back to the city.
Pruitt Igoe, 16th March, 1972
Post-modern critic Charles Jencks said it was “the day modernism died”.