The festival’s four films come together to reveal a theme about the interplay of architecture and urban living. Director Chad Freid-richs’s The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) tells a story of the rise and rapid dilapidation of the Pruitt-Igoe urban housing project in St. Louis. Constructed in 1954 and built as a “city of the future,” Pruitt-Igoe included 33 high-rise buildings. It quickly deteriorated and was demolished just 20 years later. Freidrichs explores the forces at work in its demise.
My Playground (2010) is an around-the-world tale of parkour and free-running participants and the urban environments they play in. Radiant City (2006), half documentary and half satire, mocks suburbia through the eyes of a family that has left the city for greener pastures. Urbanized (2011), the third in Gary Hustwit’s series about design (Helvetica and Objectified), is a documentary about the design process used in buildings and the long-reaching impact of the finished structures.
See The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at 7 p.m. on Thursday, My Playground and Radiant City screen on Friday and Urbanized will be shown Saturday. Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol. For information, visit www.-aiahouston.org. Free to $20.
Aug. 16-18, 2012