I finally looked at that interview.
Never has a man looked so uncomfortable saying so much in so few words - a lot going on in his head.
He touched on so many things in very few words that its hard not to feel frustrated only seeing 9 minutes and 20 seconds of his life.
His interst in "hand-made" infrastructure, field patterns tower houses, hay barns, Houses of the Middle Size, his simple and self-effacing descriptions of his own work, the closure of the Ballincollig Gunpowder Millshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LhxWbwOpZo
One of the longest sentences or paragraphs showed hsi interest in his own area growing up.
"The quality of those things is not about high order - its more about the compromise - how the typology is adjusted into a situation and I suppose the compromise of its construction as well - that's a big source of interest..."
And on the infrastructe project of the motorway he was involved in he spoke of a "dew of things" - lovely expression, but tempered it with what seemed to be a sad realisation of how little even the greatest of designers can bring to the table in terms of what actually gets done.
"Again that project was never completed - its only partial, as all these grande plans seem to end."
Any more from Tom de Paor?