An interesting new chapter in the story of the legendary catastrophe that was Pruitt-Igoe: an independent committee has launched a design competition aiming at generating new ideas about what to do with the legacy and the former site of the once-great-but-now-completely-gone housing project. Nothing more than a brainstorm-fantasy-idea-challenge perhaps, but hey: thinking about public housing seems to be quite relevant again for some reason. Besides, we know you got nothing to do this summer anyway. Deadline is March 16th, 2012.

Also, and perhaps not coincidentally, a documentary on Pruitt-Igoe got launched last february – read Architizer’s great (!) review of both the documentary and the project itself here, and do check the trailer on the film’s official website (the blog is interesting too) as well.