Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

Weizman, Eyal. 2017. Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Brooklyn, NY: Zone Books. ISBN 9781935408864 [Book]

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This is the first, in depth book on the work of Forensic Architecture, a field of study which the author established. It is conceived as the inaugural book of a new academic field providing an introduction to the history, practice, assumptions, potentials, and double binds of FA. Across its 376 pages, it includes both theoretical and methodological reflections was well as dozens of investigations (in Pakistan, the West Bank, Syria, Gaza and Guatemala), original maps, images, models and diagrams (that are themselves research products). The book demonstrates how architecture can be used an analytical framework to investigate armed conflicts and environmental destruction, as well as to cross-reference a variety of evidence sources, such as new media, remote sensing, material analysis, witness testimony, and crowd-sourcing. Forensic Architecture calls for a transformative politics in which architecture as a field of knowledge and a mode of interpretation exposes and confronts ever-new forms of state violence and secrecy.

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human rights violations, state crimes, investigative practice, architecture

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1 May 2017

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21 Mar 2017 14:40

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