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: Saydnaya – Reconstructing a Syrian torture prison from memory

Award-winning Interactive Documentary Project with Forensic Architecture, for Amnesty International   Since 2011 thousands have died in Syria’s prisons and detention facilities. With anyone perceived to be opposed to the Syrian government at risk, tens of thousands of people have been tortured and ill-treated, in violation of international law. In April 2016, Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture travelled to Istanbul to meet five survivors from Saydnaya Prison, near Damascus. In recent years, no journalists or monitoring groups which report publiclyRead 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

Al Jazeera English / Rebel Geeks: Hacking Madrid

Documentary for the AlJazeera English Rebel Geeks series Hacking Madrid is a documentary film exploring the first months in power of two young politicians, Pablo Soto and Miguel Arana, who have come to office amid the throes of radical political change in Spain. Their first mission is to change the way legislative and political decisions are made in Madrid, by implementing a more direct democracy that gives power back to the people. To do this, they must draw on newRead more

Amnesty International: Black Friday

Video for Amnesty International On 1st August 2014, a ceasefire was called over Gaza, after days of heavy Israeli strikes. But the ceasefire quickly fell apart. This video tells the story of joint investigation between Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture, into the events of that day. The 1st August 2014 saw the darkest day in the Gaza Conflict of 2014 – Black Friday. This is the story of what happened that day – which saw the highest number of PalestinianRead more

The Architecture of Violence

Documentary for the Aljazeera English Rebel Architecture series “Architecture and the built environment is a kind of a slow violence. The occupation is an environment that was conceived to strangulate Palestinian communities, villages and towns, to create an environment that will be unliveable for the people there”. On a journey across the settlements and roads of the West Bank and along the Separation Wall, Israeli architect Eyal Weizman demonstrates how architecture is central to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. IsraelisRead more

Al Jazeera English / Rebel Architecture: Guerrilla Architect

Documentary for the Aljazeera English Rebel Architecture series Santiago Cirugeda is a subversive architect from Seville who has dedicated his career to reclaiming urban spaces for the public. With his expert knowledge of urban planning legislation, Santiago is not afraid to “occupy”, or squat, abandoned space and to use his knowledge of the law to enable community building. “Self-building hasn’t been legalised in Spain, so any architect taking on this problem has to take on civil and criminal liability,” heRead more

Al Jazeera English / Activate: Angola – Birth of a Movement

Documentary for the AlJazeera English series, Activate Although Angola is Africa’s second-biggest oil producer, most Angolans live on less than $2 a day. Meanwhile, the country’s president and his ruling party have clung on to power for over three decades, gaining tight control of both the public and private sectors, and stifling dissent and protest. But in 2011, inspired by the Arab spring, a protest movement broke out, led by young activists deeply rooted in the urban hip hop scene ofRead more