The Grenfell Tower Fire
A media archive and spatial database of the 14 June 2017 fire
The Grenfell Tower fire was unprecedented in London’s history, not least because the catastrophe was captured live by thousands of videos of the fire, taken by Londoners on their cameras and smartphones. Every one of those videos is a unique piece of evidence, containing unique information.
Forensic Architecture has started to collect these pieces of evidence and assemble them within a 3D model of Grenfell Tower. Our aim is to create a powerful and freely-available resource for members of the public to explore and better understand the events of the night of the fire.
These pieces of footage will become a continuous ‘3D video’ of the fire, mapped onto our architectural model of Grenfell Tower. The model will allow the user to investigate the fire, and will sit within a web platform which will ultimately act as a freely available public resource.
This is an open-ended project that we expect to continue for a year or more. It will continue to grow, as further information about the night of the fire enters the public domain.
To create this comprehensive record, we need to gather as much available video footage from the night of the fire as possible. Forensic Architecture invites members of the public to submit their video footage of the fire to us at www.grenfellmediaarchive.org.
Forensic Architecture team
- Eyal Weizman (principal investigator)
- Christina Varvia (project coordinator)
- Bob Trafford
- Nick Masterton
- Nathan Su
- Franc Camps Febrer
- Simone Rowat
- Sarah Nankivell
- Emma Charles
- Nurri Kim
How Forensic Architecture is harnessing the power of the public to investigate the Grenfell Tower disaster | Metropolis, 27 March 2018
Forensic Architecture pieces together the Grenfell Tower fire | Archinect, 26 March 2018
Forensic Architecture to create 3D video of Grenfell Tower fire | Dezeen, 23 March 2018
Forensic Architecture need your help to build a 3D video of the Grenfell fire | Frieze, 23 March 2018
Can digital forensics help us work out what happened at Grenfell? | Wired, 22 March 2018
Architects assemble real-time model of Grenfell Tower fire | The Architects’ Journal 22 March 2018
Forensic Architecture solicits home videos for Grenfell Tower fire investigation | The Architect’s Newspaper, 22 March 2018
The remarkable 3D model of Grenfell Tower fire, based upon real footage | LBC Radio, 22 March 2018
Computer imaging recreates Grenfell Tower fire | Sky News, 21 March 2018
Grenfell Tower inferno is recreated in 3D digital model | Daily Mail, 21 March 2018