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When people think architecture school they think of training that teaches them how to make things: build spaces or develop sites for, primarily, human use. Over the years, this concept has expanded to encompass social activism. In the States, for example, there are programs like Architecture for Humanity, Project Row Houses, and Make It Right that address issues of poverty, displacement, and housing. Human Rights, however, extends beyond creating spaces for the economically disadvantages or impoverished. In fact, the term Human Rights often conjures up people’s rights within the context of conflict. Most people, however, do not think of architecture as encompassing the lack or destruction of structures. Read about the Forensic Architecture program at the U. of London after the break But studying spaces of contestation and those that have been fundamentally changed by conflict is an equally important endeavor. The intersection of Human Rights and spaces of contestation is the purview of Forensic Architecture, which is “the presentation of spatial analysis within contemporary legal and political forums.” At Goldsmiths, University of London, their Forensic Architecture program within the Department of Visual Cultures is focused on mapping, imaging and modeling “sites of violence within the framework of international humanitarian law and human rights.” View more View full description
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