By examining buildings, ruins, using comparative maps, satellite photography and photos taken by ordinary people; by researching the places where several contemporary conflicts have occurred and continue to take place; by monitoring the crimes committed by states and other involved parties; is it possible that architecture can provide us with new analytical tools and means for political and humanitarian intervention? Eyal Weizman (1970, Israel) believes so, and with the team of the research agency, Forensic Architecture, set up in 2010, he has studied conflicts from the frontier regions of Pakistan to the deepest forests in South America, including the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Weizman is director of the Architecture Research Centre of Goldsmiths, University of London, author of an extensive range of publications and responsible for the exhibition and book Forensis (2014). In his opinion, forensic architecture must be understood in its original sense: as a multidimensional space that combines questions of politics, law and economics. His practice adheres to this concept, as he expands the meaning of the forensic sciences and appropriates them for architecture, using them as an analytic instrument capable of revealing significant information by means of the operational concept of “critical practice”. This means investigating the actions of states and corporations, which range from state violence to armed conflict, via climate change, whilst also fomenting critical analysis of the current state of forensic science, as it interacts with the notion of truth and contemporary political transparency.