Groundbreaking architect exploring the interaction of politics and urban space
Weizman’s research agency, Forensic Architecture, founded in 2010, works with architects, artists, filmmakers and investigative journalists to analyse war crimes and human-rights violations through animation and 3D models, providing evidence for possible prosecutions. The architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures, and director of the Centre for Research Architecture, at Goldsmiths, University of London (as well as Global Scholar at Princeton), epitomises a strain of research-led practice currently prevalent – one that goes beyond conventional artmaking. The stakes in Weizman’s work are, after all, high. Nonetheless, this year, Forensic Architecture was a notable inclusion in Documenta, and the agency staged Towards an Investigative Aesthetics at MACBA, Barcelona, in April, a show that travelled to MUAC, Mexico City, in September. Weizman authored a book on the agency’s work, titled Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability, published in April, and the paperback version of his The Least of All Possible Evils: A Short History of Humanitarian Violence (2012) came out in October.