A unique insight to the design philosophy of Rosemount court social housing by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Council with architects Andrew Devonport and Sarah Clifford. The documentary features a Social Housing project in Dun Laoghaire. Architects Andrew Devonport, former Dun Laoghaire Rathdown architect and now working for the Office of Pubic Works and Sarah Clifford, architect with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown explain the vision and the passion behind creating a new place and identity for a community. All the houses are built to high environmental standards in keeping with an ethos of providing bright, spacious and comfortable homes, with people and families in mind.

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.

Director Bonnie Dempsey, Director of Photography Tom Comerford, Drone Gary Boyd, Rerecording mixer Nikki Moss, Editor Mike Foott, Producer Aimie Gavin. Special thanks to the residents of Rosemount Court, Dundrum, Sarah Clifford, Andrew Devonport, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Andree Dargan, Eibhlin Curley, DLR Lexicon Library.

Produced by Dyehouse Films 2020 ©

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