Recovering Space: Thoughts on a post-pandemic city, illustrates powerfully the values of the IAF as we advocate for a better-built world.

This bonus addition to our Site Specific series is about the purpose of architecture and the agency of architects, featuring Shelley McNamaraYvonne Farrell, Niall McLaughlinAli GrehanNiall McCullough, and more.

Site Specific is a special commission of ten short documentaries by the Irish Architecture Foundation for Open House Dublin 2020.  Dyehouse Films reveal the personalities, processes, complexity, creativity and transformative impact that surround the act of designed space. The protagonists: the site, the architect, the historian, the user, speak directly to the camera, they speak directly to us. Site Specific crosses the city, scales and building types from play parks, social housing, places of worship to a building not yet built. Taken individually, each 5-minute video has something of the condensed power of a short story. As with the best short stories, it is through the intense focus on the particular qualities of a particular space at a particular time, that much larger social and cultural themes are illuminated. Site Specific makes evident architecture’s great central responsibility – the shaping of the spaces that in turn shape society.

Directed & Filmed by Bonnie Dempsey, Camera Tom Comerford, Drone by Aerial.ie. Rerecording Mixer Nikki Moss, Producer Aimie Gavin, Editor David O Sullivan

Opinions expressed are the contributors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Irish Architecture Foundation or Dyehouse Films. 

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