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Blender for Forensic Architecture - M2 Hospital Bombing in Aleppo


Nicholas Masterton works for Forensic Architecture in London, where he helps reconstruct forensic evidence of international incidents. He shares a reconstruction of the bombing on the M2 Hospital in Aleppo, Syria.

Please be aware that this is an intense video.

Nicholas writes:

I recently worked with Forensic Architecture documenting pro-government strikes on M2 Hospital in Aleppo. We used Blender to create a fly-through of the site, which was struck multiple times in the second half of 2016 by pro-government forces. We were able to utilise Blender's unique UV mapping and texture painting capabilities to project images onto the surface of the model and recreate key views that were captured around the time of the attacks.

About Forensic Architecture:

Forensic Architecture is a research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. It includes a team of architects, scholars, filmmakers, designers, lawyers and scientists to undertake research that gathers and presents spatial analysis in legal and political forums.

We provide evidence for international prosecution teams, political organisations, NGOs, and the United Nations in various processes worldwide. Additionally, the agency undertakes historical and theoretical examinations of the history and present status of forensic practices in articulating notions of public truth.


  1. Terrorist Assad's war crimes!.. I hope Free Syria soon from other war crimers Russia an extremist Iran!.. Forensic is interesting topic

        • Sorry Bart: this is not the right place to show the barbarian acts of our governors (if you want to avoid normal reactions)

          • Sorry Bart, but I really find it hard to comment the technical aspects of the work. We're seeing people die here. I really don't care what addon or shader was used in this case. At best it's awkward. Don't also forget that there are many kids going to this website...

          • I assume none of you ever watched documentaries from World War II or anything about warfare / forensics since "people die there". War has been present since dawn of humanity and will always be part of this world. Time to grow up, kids.

            This is actually very well executed, minimalist style without any fireworks, so the 3D is only a necessary background.

  2. It would have been possible to comment on the Blender aspects of this had the title been something along the lines of 'Blender used for forensic analysis of building collapse due to explosive damage'
    The author(s) of this post made it political right from the get-go.
    No surprise that the comments bring up the political side of things.

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