A new Irish film entitled Places for People, which marks the launch of Ireland’s new National Policy on Architecture.
At the centre of the film, Places for People, are extensive interviews with Ireland’s Cultural Ambassadors for Architecture, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, who recently won the most prestigious prize for architecture in Europe, the EU Mies Award 2022. Using stunning footage of new Grafton Architects’ projects set in three very different contexts, the historic Georgian city, former institutional lands to the edge of the city and the historic and industrial port of Dublin. The film explores how we can transform our cities into places for people, through high-quality architecture and thoughtful ‘urban acupuncture’ through the inspirational work of Grafton Architects - the ESB Building, the Educate Together School within the Grangegorman campus, and their transformative plans for reconnecting Dublin Port to the historic core of the city. The film also resonates deeply with the values of the New European Bauhaus of an architecture that is ‘beautiful’, ‘sustainable’, and brings people ‘together’. The film Places for People narrates the vision of the national policy on architecture and speaks to the values of the NEB – the importance of a culture of architecture and how a high quality built environment can benefit people, nature and planet.
The film was commissioned by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage (DHLGH) and the RIAI and made by architectural filmmaker Ros Kavanagh.
Places for People is available on the RIAI website and on the RIAI YouTube Channel.