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Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture, The Architecture of Hellfire Romeo: Drone Strike in Miranshah, Pakistan, 2012, digital composite and rendering, dimensions variable.

FOR DECADES NOW, the bleeding edge of architecture has treated building itself as a foil, even an adversary—the mirror image of a self-styled critical practice. As the paper architecture of the 1960s and ’70s developed into a wide range of institutionalized alternative practices, from curatorial projects to multimedia installations, timeworn disciplinary concerns of matter and materiality seemed condemned to retrograde status, the stuff of unreflective designer-minions serving the interests of powerful clients. But this attitude takes a paradoxical twist in the work of Forensic Architecture, a multidisciplinary research agency of architects, artists, filmmakers, journalists, scientists, and lawyers. Forensic Architecture rejects traditional professional practice—indeed, it epitomizes the field at its most multifarious and mediatic, dealing in building surveys, maps,

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