In this strange year of a global pandemic, race riots, and an increasingly toxic discourse in politics and society, our new issue couldn’t come more timely, featuring Eyal Weizman, the outspoken founder of Forensic Architecture.more
Made up of architects, lawyers, journalists, scientists, designers, and more, Forensic Architecture is part investigative research lab, human rights activism hub, political think tank, journalism bureau, artists’ collective, and detective agency. Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the group investigate the wider repercussions of human rights and environmental violations by the means of architectural thinking. In 10 years of work, they have researched illegal detention sites in Cameroon, examined police shootings in Chicago and elsewhere, modelled a prison in Syria using victims’ memories of sound, and digitally recreated the fires at Grenfell Tower in London. At its forefront is Eyal Weizman, a British Israeli architect. With mono.kultur, Eyal Weizman talked about obsessing over split seconds, information as a form of power, and the smell of tear gas. The issue comes bursting at the seams with content, featuring one of our longest interviews yet, as well as dozens of projects by Forensic Architecture, all extensively explained and illustrated.