Pruitt-Igoe is influenced by the Theory of Ruin Value, which claims that ruins are maintained or destroyed in order to uphold particular regimes of history. The film explores historical forgetting, image and the American landscape. Pruitt-Igoe was an infamous 1950’s Modernist housing project, designed by Minoru Yamasaki in St. Louis Missouri, best known for its rapid decline and ultimate destruction. The project is often pointed to as the end of Modernism. Charles Jencks remarked “Modern architecture died in St. Louis, Missouri on July 15, 1972 at 3:32 pm”. The Pruitt-Igoe site is now an urban forest and contains no traces of the buildings that once stood there. The film traces the footprint of building C-15, the final building to be taken down famously demolished on national television. The camera moves through the dense overgrowth on a dolly track as it transitions from dark to first light.