Nine short films which offer a spatial portrait of Irish society form The Lives of Spaces, an exhibition opening at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) from 9-28 April 2010. The films of nine buildings offer a short story of each building as it has lived and been lived in. The films reveal the central role of space in our society and suggests that while spaces can contain many lives, they can equally live many lives themselves.
The nine projects vary from domestic to public and social to personal - including a bothy, prison and community centre. The Lives of Spaces was Ireland's exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and features the work of nine Irish practices: Hassett-Ducatez Architects, Simon Walker and Patrick Lynch, Grafton Architects, McCullough-Mulvin, Gerry Cahill Architects, dePaor Architects, TAKA, O'Donnell + Tuomey and Dara McGrath.
For each of the nine spaces life is at a different stage. Some are still in various stages of design and construction, some are only beginning to be inhabited, while others have already accumulated long histories of occupation and, in one case, are about to fall finally out of use. Through film the exhibition shows how it feels to be in a space and the intimate relationship which people have with the buildings they inhabit.
The Lives of Spaces makes evident architecture's great central responsibility - the shaping of the spaces that in turn shape society - and its continued potency and vitality in fulfilling this role.
The Lives of Spaces was co-commissioned and co-curated by Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation and Prof. Hugh Campbell, Professor of Architecture, University College Dublin, and was sponsored by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.