"The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention." Francis Bacon
Consultant for the Forensic analysis of building systems
Forensic Architecture is the investigation of materials,
products, structures, or components of a building system
that fail [catastrophically, systemically, or structurally],
do not operate/function as intended, and/or
were inappropriately selected.1. Initial on-site, non-destructive, review of the building systems and, where available, original design and construction documentation, and maintenance records. Conclusions are presented in the form of a document outlining observations, assumptions, and if possible and appropriate, recommendations.
- Forensic Architecture, as I practice it, is a Three step process
- [note that each step builds on the previous work and that the process does not necessarily involve step 2, 3, or 4]
2. In depth review of the affected components that may involve limited destructive analysis of selected components or assemblies. Detailed consultations with manufacturers, engineers, specialty contractors and laboratories. Providing a document outlining forensic conclusions and their supporting documentation along with general remediation recommendations.
3. Supplemental reports, where available, from the consulting resources [including; manufacturers, engineers, specialty contractors, and laboratories] are a part of the documentation.
4. Detailed design of the remediation recommendations.