The Afterlife of Fascist Colonial Architecture

In February 2019 I accompanied the MA Decolonizing Architecture from the Swedish Royal Institute on a field trip to Ethiopia and Eritrea, to make a short video about the programme and about some of the group’s experiences during the trip. Comprised of architects (including Alessandro Petti, Rahel Shawl and Marie-Louise Richards), artists, academics and urbanists, the trip was a continuation of previous work coordinated by Alessandro Petti, and exploring the legacy of Italian fascism and colonialism.   LINK: more

Living Room / The Right to Host

Living Room / The Right to Host is a project that explores the space of the living room in towns and houses where refugees live, especially those coming from places where hosting is an important cultural and political practice. The short documentary is set in the far north of Sweden, near the Arctic circle – an area where Sweden now sends many of its asylum seekers and refugees – and was made with Palestinian architect Sandi Hilal. It asks questionsRead more

Peabody award for Saydnaya

The project ‘Saydnaya: Inside a Syrian Torture Prison’, a collaboration between Forensic Architecture and Amnesty International, has been awarded a Peabody-Facebook ‘Futures of Media’ award in New York. We are extremely grateful for this recognition of our work, which we hope can continue to raise awareness of the terrible human rights abuses that continue to occur in Saydnaya and other places like it. We dedicate the award to the survivors of Saydnaya who came forth, with generosity and bravery, to make this project what itRead more

Oslo architecture triennale: Luanda, Isle of Pleasures

Angola’s booming economy has made Luanda a major destination for international migrants, the majority of whom are ‘returning’ from the former colonial power, Portugal. Most end up living in luxurious condominiums, detached from the vibrant city surrounding their homes and workplaces. The Ilha de Luanda and the Mussulo peninsula are beach-lined peninsulas on the Luandan coast, which offer an escape from ‘expatriate’ confinement. Isle of Pleasures examines the places where the city’s residents go to soothe the stresses of everydayRead more

Forensic Architecture at the Venice Biennale

Selected by Alejandro Aravena, the curator of the 15th Architecture Venice Biennale, for the international pavillion, the Forensic Architecture exhibition included various projects and was centred around the reconstruction of a drone strike in Miranshah in Pakistan, which occurred in 2012. More on the Drone Strikes Investigation: Press Coverage: “One of the most powerful confrontations” – Architecture critic Oliver Wainwright in The Guardian: “A haunting room by Forensic Architecture” – Architecture critic Edwin Heathcote in The Financial Times:  Read more