Ultimately asking if spatial crimes such as breaking & entering and burglary have anything to offer urban theory, “Applied Topology” explores an alternative, even illicit, understanding of how the city can be used and operated. From Gordon Matta-Clark to the tunneling crew of The Bank Job, from the Mole Man of Hackney to L.A.’s notorious “Hole in the Ground Gang,” how does applied topology—the forced introduction of unplanned connections, perforations, holes, tunnels, and cuts—transform our relationship with architectural space?

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