Forensic Architecture is a research project based at Goldsmiths, University of London. The project has assembled a team of architects, artists, filmmakers, activists, and theorists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums.

Our investigations provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organizations, NGOs, and the United Nations. Additionally, the project undertakes critical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.

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Bil'in

Reconstructing the death of a Palestinian demonstrator via video analysis
Rafah, Gaza Strip, January 11, 2009. Photo: Iyad El Baba/UNICEF.

White Phosphorus

The effects of airburst WP munitions in urban environments
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Nakba Day Killings

Report on the killing of Nadeem Nawara and Mohammad Mahmoud Odeh Abu Daher, Beitunia, May 15th, 2014
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Drone Strikes

Investigating covert operations through spatial media
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Atacama

Godofredo Pereira
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FORENSIS

Edited by Forensic Architecture
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Mengele's Skull

Book by Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman, Sternberg 2012
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Forensis

15 March – 5 May 2014, HKW (Berlin)
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Forensic Aesthetics

4 - 5 November 2011, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York
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Legal Media

10 - 11 July 2011, Goldsmiths College, London
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Devil's Advocates

1 - 2 March 2013, with Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Emilios Christodoulidis, Joanne Mariner, Michael Sfard
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Photo-Lexic

11 March 2011, Goldsmiths College, London
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Activism on the Map

19 - 20 April 2013, with Michel Feher, Gaëlle Krikorian, Laura Kurgan, Meg McLagan
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Forensic Epidemiology

7 - 8 December 2012, with Patrick Ball, Rony Brauman, Robert Jan Van Pelt
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Earthly Poison

24 - 25 May 2013, with Sheila Jasanoff, John McAurther, Peter Atkins, Shubhaa Srinivasan, Andrew Meharg, Howard Caygill

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FIGURE / GROUND

Field Causalities Exhumations are acts of “figuration”…
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DRIFT

If geography expresses in its very etymology the possibility…
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FORUMS

A distinctive feature of the forums of international tribunals…
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OSTEOBIOGRAPHIES

THE FORENSIC TURN In recent decades, forensic exhumations of…
PARIS, JUNE 25, 1848 / PARIS, JUNE 26, 1848

Eugène Thibault, The Barricade in rue Saint-Maur-Popincourt before and after the attack by General Lamoricière’s troops. June 25 and 26, 1848, daguerrotypes.
Source: Musée d’Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux.

BEFORE AND AFTER

While photographs are essential for the forensic process, they…

Counter-Forensics | Forensic Architecture

1. A technical term in criminology referring to efforts designed to frustrate or prevent in advance the forensic-scientific investigation of physical or digital objects, including documents and photographs as well as bodies, soil, weapons or their residues, buildings, etc. An often-sophisticated operationalization of the dictum “leave no traces,” counter-forensic practices seek actively to block the […]

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