Forensic Architecture employs cutting-edge visualization technologies such as 3-D scans and ground-penetrating radar alongside novel techniques for interpreting geo-spatial data—such as high-resolution aerial photography and civilian journalism—to construct previously nonexistent pieces of evidence and use them to weigh on political decisions. Its collaborators have included civil society organizations, activists, human rights groups, and the United Nations.
In 2009 a tear gas grenade killed Bassem Ibrahim Abu Rahma, a protestor in the Palestinian village of Bil’in. Researchers Eyal Weizman and Susan Schuppli, along with Situ Studio, showed that it was improbable that Abu Rahma was killed by indirect fire, as the Israeli Defense Forces claimed. Collaborators in this project were the noted lawyer Michael Sfard and the human rights group B’Tselem.