Eyal Weizman

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Eyal Weizman (2012)

Eyal Weizman (born 1970 in Haifa) is an Israeli intellectual and architect. He is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and Director of the Centre for Research Architecture - a "laboratory for critical spatial practices"[1]- which he created, within the Department of Visual Cultures, in 2005. Since 2014 he is a Global Scholar at Princeton University.


Since 2011 he directs the European Research Council funded project Forensic Architecture - on the place of architecture in international humanitarian law.

Since 2007 he is a founding member of the architectural collective Decolonizing Architecture (DAAR) in Beit Sahour/Palestine. Weizman has been a professor of architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and has also taught at The Bartlett (UCL) in London at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt and is a Professeur Invité at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide.

He has worked with a variety of NGOs world wide and was member of B'Tselem board of directors. He is currently on the advisory boards of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London, the Human Rights Project at Bard in NY, as a jury member for architecture in the Akademie Schloss Solitude and of other academic and cultural institutions. Weizman is the recipient of the James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize for 2006-2007, a co-recipient of the 2010 Prince Claus Prize for Architecture (for DAAR) and was invited to deliver the Rusty Bernstein, Paul Hirst, Nelson Mandela, Mansour Armaly and the Edward Said Memorial Lectures amongst others. Weizman studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, and completed his PhD at the London Consortium.[2]

Involved in political theory through the case of Palestine and other places, Weizman's most known theoretical work describes the acts of the Israeli army as founded upon the post-structuralist French philosophers and a reading of them. He also conducted research on behalf of B’tselem on the "planning aspects of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank".[3]

His recent books include Mengele's Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics, with Thomas Keenan[4] and The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence From Arendt to Gaza.[5] Weizman is also the author of the book Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation,[6] which has been translated into German, French, and Italian,[7] and attracted over 40 reviews including The Financial Times, Harpers, The independent, The Nation and The London Review of Books.[8] He is author of À travers les murs: l'architecture de la nouvelle guerre urbaine (La Fabrique, 2008),[9] A Civilian Occupation (Verso, 2003),[10] the series Territories 1,2 and 3, Yellow Rhythms and many articles in journals, magazines and edited books. Weizman is a regular contributor and an editorial board member for several journals and magazines including Humanity, Inflexions and Cabinet where he has edited a special issue on forensics (issue 43, 2011). On a different topic, he has published Yellow Rhythms: A Roundabout for London.[11]

He has also published many articles on Israeli geography and architecture[12][13][14][15][16][17] and chapters in collected works.[18][19][20] He facilitated a workshop session at Holcim Forum 2007, organised by the Holcim Foundation, on the topic of temporary urbanism.[21]

In 2014 Weizman was featured in "The Architecture of Violence", a film produced for the series Rebel Architecture broadcast by Al Jazeera English.[22]


  • 1998 (with Christian Nicolas) Random Walk, London: Architectural Association
  • 2000 Yellow Rhythms, Rotterdam: 010 Publishers
  • 2003 (with Rafi Segal) Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture, Verso
  • 2003 (with Anselm Franke) Territories, Builders and Warrior, Rotterdam: Witte de With Press
  • 2003 (with Anselm Franke) Territories, Camps, Islands and other States of Utopia, Berlin and Cologne: Kunst Werke and Walter Koenig Press
  • 2004 (with Anselm Franke) Territories, The Frontiers of Utopia and other Facts on the Ground, Cologne: Walther Koenig Press
  • 2007 Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation, Verso
  • 2011 The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza, Verso
  • 2012 (with Thomas Keenan) Mengele's Skull: The Advent of Forensic Aesthetics, Sternberg Press/Portikus
  • 2012 Forensic Architecture: Notes from Fields and Forums (dOCUMENTA 13 notebook n.062), Hatje Cantz
  • 2013 (with Ines Weizman) Before and After, Moscow: Strelka Press
  • 2014 (with Alessandro Petti and Sandy Hilal) Architecture After Revolution, Berlin: Sternberg Press
  • 2014 (with Forensic Architecture) FORENSIS, Berlin: Sternberg Press


  1. ^ Centre for Research Architecture (Roundtable) website
  2. ^ Goldsmith University: "Prof Eyal Weizman", retrieved 22 April 2013
  3. ^ Jeffrey Kastner, Sina Najafi, and Eyal Weizman. The Wall and the Eye: An Interview with Eyal Weizman, Winter 2002/03 [1]
  4. ^ Frankfurt: Sternberg Press/Portikus, 2012
  5. ^ London/New York : Verso, 2011
  6. ^ London/New York : Verso, 2007
  7. ^ WorldCat author listing
  8. ^ .v. 29, no. 15, (2007): 13
  9. ^ "Weizman, Eyal, and Isabelle Taudière. À travers les murs: l'architecture de la nouvelle guerre urbaine. Paris: la Fabrique éd, 2008.WorldCat
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ ISBN 978-90-6450-392-4
  12. ^ Weizman, Eyal. 2006. "The Architecture of Ariel Sharon". Third Tex't. 20, no. 3-4: 337-353.[3]
  13. ^ Weizman, Eyal. 2010. "Legislative Attack". Theory, Culture and Society. 27, no. 6: 11-32.[4]
  14. ^ Weizman, Eyal. 2006. "Walking Through Walls: Soldiers As Architects in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict". Radical Philosophy. no. 136: 8.[5]
  15. ^ Weizman, Eyal. 2010. "Forensic Architecture: Only the Criminal Can Solve the Crime". Radical Philosophy. no. 164: 9.[6]
  16. ^ Weizman, Eyal. 2006. "The Art of War - The Israeli Army Has Been Heavily Influenced by Contemporary Philosophy, Highlighting the Considerable Overlap between Military and Architectural Theory". Frieze : Contemporary Art and Culture. no. 99: 146.[7]
  17. ^ Weizman, Eyal. 2004. "Strategic Points, Flexible Lines, Tense Surfaces, Political Volumes: Ariel Sharon and the Geometry of Occupation". The Philosophical Forum. 35, no. 2: 221-244.[8]
  18. ^ Segal, Rafi, Eyal Weizman, and David Tartakover. A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture. Tel Aviv: Babel, 2003.WorldCat
  19. ^ Karpf, Anne. A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity. London: Verso, 2008.WorldCat
  20. ^ Ophir, Adi, Michal Givoni, and Sārī Ḥanafī. The Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. New York: Zone Books, 2009.[9]
  21. ^ 2nd Day Forum 2007 Program
  22. ^ Bramley, Ellie Violet (1 September 2014). "What can ‘forensic architecture’ reveal about the conflict in Gaza?". theguardian.com. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 

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