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Forensic Architecture: Evidence of Violence and Survival

Workshop (in person & online)

15/05/23 7pm

Free – £5.00

BOOK below for this simultaneously in person and online workshop. Instructions: There is two options below: RSVP free for online / BOOK £5 ticket for in person. If you are unable to afford the ticket price email contact@mosaicrooms.org for a free ticket.

Participate in this workshop led by Omar Ferwati, research coordinator at Forensic Architecture, and explore theories and methods that can enable citizen-led forensic investigations into contemporary conflicts, and life around them.

Learn about the process of Forensic Architecture through reviews of select investigations. Ferwati will share how he uses these methods to study how people used architecture to survive conflict in Syria through his concept of ‘civilian crisis architecture.’ A series of short tutorials will introduce hands-on investigative methods and techniques used by Forensic Architecture such as open-source research, spatial analysis, geolocation, verification, and media analysis.

Materials, and links for the workshop will be shared with participants one week before the event.

Please note for the in person workshop: This is a practical workshop in English and you will need to bring your laptop to take part in the activities.

Please note for the online workshop: This workshop will be live translated to Arabic. Online participation may be limited to questions being asked in the chat, and so may not have the same level of attentiveness as Omar Ferwati will be going round the room to answer questions.


Presented as part of London’s Syrian Arts and Culture Festival (SACF), this event is produced in partnership with The Mosaic Rooms. Supported with funding from Arts Council England.

Omar Ferwati is the Research Coordinator at Forensic Architecture (FA), a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London which applies pioneering spatial analysis techniques for human rights investigations. His investigations have ranged from airstrikes to colonial violence, to environmental racism. He trained as an architect in Canada and has worked at several architecture practices. Omar’s own research currently focuses on how civilians use architecture to survive urban warfare and other crises. Omar previously taught at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Forensic Architecture is a research agency that uses architectural and media analysis to investigate incidents of violence.


Image: Courtesy of Omar Ferwati.



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