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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Our meeting took place in Düsseldorf, Germany, on May 21, 2013. The witness sat with her lawyer and Forensic Architecture’s model maker . The woman—who prefers to remain anonymous—is hoping to communicate the realities of life under drones, and the experience of surviving a strike in which she also lost her brother-in-law.

Drone Strikes

Investigating covert operations through spatial media
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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 two Palestinian teenagers in Beitunia
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Atacama

Godofredo Pereira
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Mengele's Skull

Book by Thomas Keenan & Eyal Weizman, Sternberg 2012
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FORENSIS

Edited by Forensic Architecture
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Forensis

15 March – 5 May 2014, HKW (Berlin)
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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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Activism on the Map

19 - 20 April 2013, with Michel Feher, Gaëlle Krikorian, Laura Kurgan, Meg McLagan
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Photo-Lexic

11 March 2011, Goldsmiths College, London
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Legal Media

10 - 11 July 2011, Goldsmiths College, London
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Forensic Aesthetics

4 - 5 November 2011, Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New York
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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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Forensic Epidemiology

7 - 8 December 2012, with Patrick Ball, Rony Brauman, Robert Jan Van Pelt
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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…
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…
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OSTEOBIOGRAPHIES

THE FORENSIC TURN In recent decades, forensic exhumations of…
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FIGURE / GROUND

Field Causalities Exhumations are acts of “figuration”…

Probability | Forensic Architecture

Probability measures the likelihood that an event will or has occurred. Probability could thus be understood as the way in which doubt exists in relation to objects. Philosopher Ian Hacking explains that probability has both subjective and objective meanings. “Subjective probability” has to do with evaluating the authority of witnesses—traditionally by social status, nobility or […]

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