Forensic Architecture is an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. Our interdisciplinary team of investigators includes architects, scholars, artists, filmmakers, coders, investigative journalists, archaeologists, lawyers, and scientists.

Our evidence is presented in political and legal forums, truth commissions, courts and human rights reports. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.



Using video testimony smuggled out of North Waziristan (Pakistan), Forensic Architecture performed a spatial analysis of a drone strike that took place there on 30 March 2012 and used this to reconstruct and interrogate the event. The footage revealed a great deal beyond what appeared to be chaotic images of rubble and ruin. In particular, it also shed light on the conditions involved in documenting such violent events in Waziristan.

This investigation will be displayed as part of Forensic Architecture – Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MACBA from 28 April – 15 October 2017.


Data-driven, participatory fact mapping for conflict monitoring, citizen journalism, and human rights research

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The Ayotzinapa Case

A cartography of violence
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Torture and Detention in Cameroon

The dark side of the US-backed war against Boko Haram
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Ground Truth

Testimonies of dispossession, destruction, and return in the Naqab/Negev

Ecocide in Indonesia

Providing evidence to local and international bodies for universal jurisdiction cases in relation to environmental crime.


If geography expresses in its very etymology the possibility…


THE FORENSIC TURN In recent decades, forensic exhumations of…


Some drone-fired missiles can drill a hole through the roof before…


Forensic architecture refers to the practice of building surveyors…


A distinctive feature of the forums of international tribunals…


Field Causalities Exhumations are acts of “figuration”…


Predictive forensics is a mode of investigation concerned with…


While photographs are essential for the forensic process, they…

Forensic Architecture

Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

Forensic Architecture: Hacia Una Estética Investigativa

Exhibition catalogue from Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics, MACBA/MUAC, 2017

Reporting From The Front

La Biennale di Venezia 2016, 28 May - 27 November

Ape Law

3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, 22 October – 20 November 2016

Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics

MACBA, Barcelona, 28 April - 15 October 2017


SITUATION #82: Bomb Cloud Atlas, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 20 May - 17 September 2017

77sqm_9:26min at documenta 14

documenta 14, Kassel, 10 June - 19 September 2017

In the Vestibule with Forensic Architecture

Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, 19 June - 11 August 2017

Urban-Data Complex

Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2017: Multiple Future, Tokyo, 10 - 26 February 2017

Screening: Liquid Traces. The Left-to-Die Boat Case

The Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, 23 September 2017, 1:15pm

Data for Social Good

As part of SPUI25, Lorenzo Pezzani joins this panel discussion to investigate how activism, data, and research can be mobilised for social good

4th Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art: New Literacy

Forensic Oceanography will be exhibiting the Left-to-Die Boat case in Ural, Russia from 13 September - 12 November 2017

A Day's Worth of Pixels

Christina Varvia presents Rafah: Black Friday and related projects at The Hasselblad Foundation

Eyal Weizman at MoMA

The Department of Architecture and Design welcomes Eyal Weizman to The MoMA for a conversation with Associate Curator Sean Anderson.

Eyal Weizman at McGill

Eyal Weizman gives the Yan P. Lin Centre Democracy, Space, and Technology Lecture to mark the launch of his latest book, "Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability"

Eyal Weizman at The Cooper Union

Book launch and lecture, 12 September 2017 - part of The Intradisciplinary Seminar (IDS) Public Lecture Series

Investigative Aesthetics in Architecture and Journalism

Eyal Weizman in conversation with Malachy Browne, e-Flux, 15 September 2017, 7:00pm

CyberArts 2017

Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria, 7-17 September 2017

Affect Me

KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation, Düsseldorf, 11 Nov 2017 - 10 Mar 2018

Change the System

Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 14 October 2017 - 14 January 2018

Beazley Designs of the Year

The Design Museum, London, 18 October 2017 - 28 January 2018

The Parliament of Bodies: A Century of Camps

Eyal Weizman and Lorenzo Pezzani join this forum discussion as part of The Parliament of Bodies, the public programme at documenta 14.

Papanek Lecture 2017: The Architectural Sensorium

Eyal Weizman will deliver the Papanek Lecture 2017, "The Architectural Sensorium", at the Austrian Embassy on 22 September 2017

Forensic Architecture at MUAC

'Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics' will be exhibited at MUAC (Mexico City) from 9 September 2017 - 7 January 2018.

Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture

Eyal Weizman to deliver the 18th Neelan Tiruchelvam Memorial Lecture on 30 July 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Resisting Images

Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie: Farewell Photography, Heidelberg, September 9 - November 5, 2017

Culture in Crisis

Sarah Nankivell and Dr Lisa Mol explore methodologies used to evidence cultural property destruction within contemporary conflict zones.

77sqm_9:26min at documenta 14

The Society of the Friends of Halit presents FA report and film "77sqm_9:26min" as part of The Parliament of Bodies, the public program at documenta 14.

Report Launch: Blaming the Rescuers - Accusare i Soccorritori

New report from Forensic Oceanography launching 9 June 2017, Rome

Trafficking of Cultural Goods: 3D Modelling and Digital Colonialism

Christina Varvia and Sarah Nankivell present Saydnaya as part of a theme-led discussion on 9 June 2017 at The Photographers' Gallery

SITUATION #82, SITUATIONS / Fact - Fotomuseum Winterthur

Now on at the Fotomuseum Winterthur - SITUATION #82: Forensic Architecture, Bomb Cloud Atlas

In the Vestibule with Forensic Architecture

Exhibition from 16 June - 11 August 2017 as part of the 'In the Vestibule' series at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University) in Montreal.

Cross(-)abilities in Design

Christina Varvia to give the keynote lecture at 12th International Design & Design History Symposium: Cross(-)abilities in Design. Izmir, 11-12 May 2017.