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Forensic Architecture and Invisible Institute

Forensic Architecture office. Courtesy Forensic Architecture
Invisible Institute community meeting. Photo: Marc Monaghan
Forensic Architecture is a research agency composed of architects, artists, scholars, filmmakers, lawyers, and scientists that develops spatial, architectural, media, and cartographic techniques to investigate human rights and environmental violations and support communities exposed to state violence and persecution. The resulting architectural evidence is presented in international courtrooms, parliamentary inquiries, United Nations assemblies, citizens’ tribunals, and exhibitions and publications. Based at Goldsmiths, University of London, the agency has received commissions from organizations such as the New York Times, Praxis Films, BBC Africa Eye, Amnesty International, and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The Invisible Institute is a journalism production company based on Chicago’s South Side that is guided by a mission to enhance citizens’ capacity to hold public institutions accountable. Since its informal beginnings in Jamie Kalven’s reporting in the early 2000s, it has addressed patterns of neglect and abuse by public institutions, advancing themes of visibility and place in the urban environment through human rights documentation, investigative reporting, and civil rights litigation.

Established 2011, London, England, United Kingdom
Established 2014, Chicago, United States