Eyal Weizman

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Eyal Weizman (2012)

Eyal Weizman (born 1970) is a British Israeli intellectual and architect. He is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and a founding director there of the Centre for Research Architecture[1] at the department of Visual Cultures, in 2005. Since 2010 he is the director of the research agency Forensic Architecture. Between 2014 and 2017 he was a Global Scholar at Princeton University.

In 2013 he designed a permanent folly in Gwangju, South Korea which was documented in the book The Roundabout Revolution (Sternberg, 2015). Weizman is on the editorial board of Third Text, Humanity, Cabinet and Political Concepts and is a board member of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and of the Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and sat the boards of the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem in Jerusalem, amongst others.


Weizman was born in Haifa. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, and completed his PhD at the London Consortium.[2]

In 2010 he established the agency Forensic Architecture, which provide advanced architectural and media evidence to civil society groups,with the help of several European Research Council grants, as well as other human rights grants. Forensic Architecture undertook research for Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Doctors without Borders (MSF), the Red Cross (ICRC), and the United Nations.

In 2007 he was a founding member of the architectural collective Decolonizing Architecture (DAAR)[3] in Beit Sahour in the West Bank, Palestinian territories. 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. He lectured, curated and organised conferences in many institutions worldwide.

Weizman 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 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.

Involved in political, media and human rights theory 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".[4]

He has also published many articles on Israeli geography and architecture[citation needed] and chapters in collected works.[5][6][7]

In 2014 Weizman was featured in "The Architecture of Violence", a film produced for the series Rebel Architecture broadcast by Al Jazeera English.[8]

In 2017, he was also a guest speaker at the 17th edition of the Sonic Acts Festival: The Noise of Being (Amsterdam).

The work of Weizman and Forensic Architecture has been called “Pallywood” in Israel. Weizmans reply has been:

"The bastards’ last line of defence is to call it ‘fake news’. The minute they revert to this argument is when they’ve lost all the others."[9]


  • 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 Sandi Hilal) Architecture After Revolution, Berlin: Sternberg Press
  • 2014 (with Forensic Architecture) FORENSIS, Berlin: Sternberg Press
  • 2015 The Roundabout Revolution, Berlin: Sternberg Press
  • 2015 (with photography by Fazal Sheikh) The Conflict Shoreline: Colonization as Climate Change in the Negev Desert, Göttingen: Steidl
  • 2017 Hollow Land: The Architecture of Israel’s Occupation, Third and updated edition (with an additional chapter) London and NYC: Verso Books
  • 2017 Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics (in Spanish), Barcelona and Mexico City: MACBA/MUAC (NYT/Spanish top ten non-fiction books of 2017)[10]
  • 2017 Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability, NYC: MIT/Zone Books


Hollow Land

  • 2017 in Arabic, Cairo and Ramallah: Madarat for Research and Publishing
  • 2017 in Turkish, Istanbul: Kitap
  • 2017 in Hebrew, Tel Aviv: Babel Books
  • 2012 in Spanish (chr. 7): A través de los muros, Madrid: Errate naturae editors
  • 2011 in Greek (chr. 7), Athens: ΤΟΠOBOPOΣ
  • 2009 in German (chr. 7): Durch Wände gehen, Leipzig: Konserve-Verlag
  • 2009 in German: Sperrzonen: Israels architektur der besatzung, Hamburg: Edition Nautilus
  • 2009 in Italian: Architettura dell'occupazione: spazio politico e controllo territoriale in Palestina e Israele, Milan: Bruno Mondadori
  • 2007 in French (chr. 7): A travers les mures, Paris: La Fabrique

The Conflict's Shoreline

  • 2016 in Hebrew, Kav Hamidbar, Sav Hasihsuh, Tel Aviv: Babel Books

The Least of all Possible Evils

  • 2013 in Italian, Il minore dei mali possibili, Rome: Nottetempo[11]
  • 2013 in Croatian, Najmanje od svih mogućih zala, Zagreb: Multimedijalni institute[12]
  • 2009 in Italian, Il Male Minore, Rome: Nottetempo (a short version, Italian)[13]

Mengele's Skull

  • 2015 in Spanish el cráneo de Mengele, Madrid and Buenos Aires: Sans Soleil Ediciones[14]
  • 2014 in Turkish, Mengele'nin Kafatası Adli Estetiğin Ortaya Çıkışı, Istanbul, Açılım Kitap[15]
  • 2013 in Hebrew, Hagulgolet Shel Mengele: Lidata shel Haestetika Haforensit, Tel Aviv: Resling Books
  • 2013 in Croatian, Mengeleova lubanja: Zaceci forenzicke estetike, Zagreb: Monoskop[16]


Forensic Architecture exhibited internationally[17] including at the documenta 14 in Kassel.[18] In 2017 Forensic Architecture had two major museum exhibitions at the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA)[19] and at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC).[20] In 2018 Forensic Architecture held a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London.[21] Forensic Architecture's work is included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.


  • 2006 James Stirling Memorial Lecture Prize from the LSE/London and CCA/Montreal [22]
  • 2011 Prince Claus Architecture Prize (co-recipient with DAAR)[23]
  • 2016 Schelling Award for Architectural Theory (refused due to Schelling Nazi history)[24]
  • 2016 The Digital Dozen 2016 Award for Breakthroughs in Storytelling from Columbia University[25]
  • 2017 Beazley Design of the Year Award (for Forensic Architecture)[26]
  • 2017 Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics (for Forensic Architecture, finalist)[27]
  • 2017 Prix Ars Electronica 2017 (for Forensic Architecture)[28]
  • 2017 The PeaBody-Facebook, Future of Media Award (For Forensic Architecture)[29]
  • 2017 European Cultural Foundation Princess Margriet Award for Culture (for Forensic Architecture)[30]
  • 2018 nominated for the Turner Prize with Forensic Architecture


  1. ^ "Welcome to roundtable - roundtable". roundtable.kein.org.
  2. ^ "Weizman, Eyal, Goldsmiths, University of London". Goldsmiths, University of London.
  3. ^ "DAAR". DAAR.
  4. ^ Jeffrey Kastner, Sina Najafi, and Eyal Weizman. The Wall and the Eye: An Interview with Eyal Weizman, Winter 2002/03
  5. ^ WorldCat Segal, Rafi, Eyal Weizman, and David Tartakover. A Civilian Occupation: The Politics of Israeli Architecture. Tel Aviv: Babel, 2003.
  6. ^ Karpf, Anne. A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity. London: Verso, 2008. WorldCat
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Bramley, Ellie Violet (1 September 2014). "What can 'forensic architecture' reveal about the conflict in Gaza?". theguardian.com. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  9. ^ Moore, Rowan (25 February 2018). "Forensic Architecture: the detail behind the devilry". the Guardian.
  10. ^ Carrión, Jorge. "Diez libros de no ficción que han marcado 2017".
  11. ^ "Il minore dei mali possibili - Eyal Weizman - nottetempo". www.edizioninottetempo.it.
  12. ^ "Eyal Weizman: Najmanje od svih mogućih zala : Humanitarno nasilje od Arendtove do Gaze". mvinfo.hr.
  13. ^ "Il male minore - Eyal Weizman - nottetempo". www.edizioninottetempo.it.
  14. ^ "La Calavera de Menguele". 5 September 2015.
  15. ^ "Mengele'nin Kafatası Adli estetiğin ortaya çıkışı - Thomas Keenan - Eyal Weizman - Açılım Kitap - 1:1 Atlas Dizisi - 1:1 Atlas Dizisi". www.acilimkitap.com.
  16. ^ https://monoskop.org/images/9/94/Keenan_Thomas_Weizman_Eyal_Mengeleova_lubanja_Zaceci_forenzicke_estetike.pdf
  17. ^ "Exhibitions - Forensic Architecture".
  18. ^ https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/documenta-14-kassel-forensic-nsu-trial-984701]
  19. ^ "Forensic Architecture: Towards an Investigative Aesthetics - Forensic Architecture".
  20. ^ "Forensic Architecture: Hacia Una Estética Investigativa - Forensic Architecture".
  21. ^ "Home". www.ica.art.
  22. ^ "James Stirling Memorial Lecture - Announcements - e-flux". www.e-flux.com.
  23. ^ "Prince Claus Fund - Network". www.princeclausfund.org. Retrieved 2015-11-29.
  24. ^ ""Wir arbeiten im Namen der Opfer" - derStandard.at". DER STANDARD.
  25. ^ "Saydnaya Wins Digital Dozen 2016 Award for Breakthroughs in Storytelling - Forensic Architecture". 12 April 2017.
  26. ^ https://designmuseum.org/exhibitions/beazley-designs-of-the-year/digital/saydnaya-inside-a-syrian-torture-prison finalist
  27. ^ "The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics - 2016-2018 Prize Winner Maria Thereza Alves and iSeeds of Changei". www.veralistcenter.org.
  28. ^ "PRIX ARS". prix2017.aec.at.
  29. ^ "Forensic Architecture accepts Peabody-Facebook Award at ceremony in New York City - Forensic Architecture". 30 May 2017.
  30. ^ Wilton, Pete. "European culture award for Forensic Architecture".

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