Design Exhibition Explores New Urban Landscape

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Article by: Joe Clark,

LARGO, Md.—Discover A New Utopia: Selections from Pruitt Igoe Now International Design Competition, now through February 28 in Marlboro Gallery at Prince George’s Community College.  Built from works submitted for a competition to redesign a city space, the exhibition explores design intervention, urban redevelopment, agriculture, cultural memorialization, art, poetry and forest management.  

Designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki in 1951, Pruitt-Igoe was an award-winning housing development located in St. Louis, Missouri. It fell into disrepair, suffered from rampant crime and was eventually demolished in 1976.  The exhibition critiques the narrative of modern architecture and its demise in St. Louis 41 years ago.  

Pruitt-Igoe Now: The Unmentioned Modern Landscape premiered at the American Institute of Architects Portland in November 2012. It is based on the original competition organized by Nora Wendl, assistant professor of architecture at Portland State University and Michael R. Allen, director of the preservation office in St. Louis, Missouri.   

Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. A reception will be held February 8, from 6 – 8 p.m. The exhibition closes at noon on February 28. For more information, call 301-546-0965.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security (2010-2015). Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro, and John Eager Howard Community Center. For more information, visit the college website at, follow on Twitter,  Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn and tune-in to Transforming Lives at Prince George’s Community College, Mondays at 11 a.m.  


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