The Devil in the Detail

On architecture and evidence

Article
The Architectural Review
Issue 1452 – June 2018
“Power and Justice”

View of Forensic Architecture’s digital model and media archive of the Grenfell Tower fire of 14 June 2017, with crowdsourced footage synced and mapped onto the tower 3D model.

“How does architecture become evidence? What particular conditions of politics are opened, or closed, by the collapse of the architectural field into the legal one? Grenfell, the deadliest civilian incident to take place in the United Kingdom in the past three decades, fundamentally hinges on a matter of architecture. This fact alone seems to call for a re-examination the intricate relation between architecture and evidence, through which a recent history of architecture’s claim to truth may be reconstructed.”