Eyal Weizman in conversation with John Palmesino

Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability

Series: Evening Lecture and Book Launch
Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 107 mins

On the occasion of the launch of this new title by Eyal Weizman, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability, Weizman will be joined around the table by John Palmesino to discuss the different ways in which architecture could become an investigative practice. 


Forensic Architecture provides crucial evidence for international courts and works with a wide range of activist groups, NGOs, Amnesty International, and the UN. Beyond shedding new light on human rights violations and state crimes across the globe, Forensic Architecture has also created a new form of investigative practice that bears its name. The group uses architecture as an optical device 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. In this book, Eyal Weizman, the group’s founder, provides, for the first time, an in-depth introduction to the history, practice, assumptions, potentials, and double binds of this practice. Weizman’s Forensic Architecture, stunning and shocking in its critical narrative, powerful images, and daring investigations, presents a new form of public truth, technologically, architecturally, and aesthetically produced. The practice 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.


Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He is a Global Scholar at Princeton University and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Investigative  Journalism. His books include Mengele’s Skull (with Thomas Keenan), The Least of All Possible Evils, and Hollow Land. 
www.forensic-architecture.org


John Palmesino is the co-founder of Territorial Agency, an independent organisation that combines contemporary architecture and urbanism for integrated spatial transformation. Their projects include the Museum of Oil with Greenpeace, the Anthropocene Observatory, and North. He is Diploma Unit Master at the AA, where he also teaches on the MA History and Critical Thinking. He teaches at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. He was Advising Researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie Maastricht. He is a founding member of multiplicity, an international network of researchers. He has lead the research of ETH Zurich–Studio Basel.
www.territorialagency.com



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THE AA RECEIVES THE POWER TO AWARD ITS OWN DEGREES

The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.

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