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Forensic Architecture: Political Practice, Activism, Aesthetics1
Forensic Architecture: Political Practice, Activism, Aesthetics*
Eyal Weizman

Forensic architects deal, in the words of one practitioner, with ‘the application of architectural facts to legal problems.'2 These facts are the ‘cause and origin of architectural defects such as construction, windows, wall and roofing failures; floor problems; accessibility issues and architectural design errors.'3 The legal context is most often insurance disputes for which forensic architects provide reports or testimony under oath.4 There were building surveyors as long as there were builders, but, according to Dale Paegelow, a forensic architect who in 2001 published something of an introduction to the practice, the term emerged only in the early 1980s.5 It is hard to verify this claim or ...

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