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Monday, 18 October 2010

My PLACE: Paddy Cahill

A still from Paddy Cahill's film about Liberty Hall in Dublin
In this series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on the built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

This week we spoke to Paddy Cahill, Committee Member of AAI and film maker

Q. Paddy, we've recently discovered you make films. What buildings or places inspire you and your work and why?

Lots of different buildings inspire me but recently the one I got most involved in was Liberty Hall in Dublin, during and after I made a documentary about it.

My interest as a filmmaker is in the communication between architecture and the public. Many of the concepts, ideas and details that go into buildings often get lost or don’t get communicated to the public when the building is finished. All too often the people have a gut reaction to new buildings, to distrust and dislike them. Very often though their opinions can be swayed with a little background to the ideas or thoughts behind the design and purpose of the building.

Television and video are great ways to communicate these ideas in a direct and simple way. More often than not the construction of, or the history and background to buildings have great back-stories full of challenges, which is a great for storytelling in tv or video.

In the past there have not been as many opportunities for the public to engage with architecture in the way they would with other arts. This is changing with thanks to organisations like PLACE and the IAF and I think film and television can play a role in this new public appreciation for architecture too.

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Related: To see Paddy’s documentary on Liberty Hall, visit his website

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