Which price is architecture willing to pay in the search of an ideal society?
Incorrectly architecture likes to present itself as a pro-active agent for positive change As contemporary conflicts and crises increasingly take place in urban contexts, architecture is also victim, witness and even accomplice to infractions and violations. Forensic Architecture uses forensic practices to collect new insights into the context and conduct of contemporary conflict. What is the spatial impact of the destructive effects of warfare? How is migration being governed? Which price is architecture willing to pay in the search of an ideal society?
Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums. They provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.
The premise of FA is that analysing violations must involve modelling dynamic events as they unfold in space and time and creating navigable 3D models of environments undergoing conflict, as well as the creation of filmic animations, and interactive cartographies on the urban or architectural scale.
These techniques allow Forensic Architecture to present information in a convincing, precise, and accessible manner, crucial for the pursuit of accountability. FA has a track record in providing unique and decisive evidence in high profile human rights investigation about incidents that other methods cannot engage with.
6 TOPIA: Conversations on Utopia and the Real
Six conversations confront utopian fictions on the city with their real-life counterparts. Whereas Thomas More used the fictive island of Utopia to hold up a mirror to the society of the time, the series re-engages with utopian thinking on architecture and the city from the point of view of its different incarnations and apparitions in reality. This takes place in the actuality of late capitalism in which representation and reality intersect and coincide. How can future scenarios for architecture and the city be truly radical and tangible in the current moment, where ideas, concepts and imageries have become commodities rather than catalysts for real societal change?
CURATORS Czvek Rigby & Natural Born Architects | ORGANISATION Stad en Architectuur vzw
PARTNERS STUK Kunstencentrum, ASRO KU Leuven, Existenz | SUPPORT Stad Leuven, Provincie Vlaams-Brabant, Vlaamse Overheid | SPONSORS Febelcem, Vandersanden Group, A+ Architectuur in België, NAV