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Breaking Out and Breaking In Panel Discussion at Studio-X

On Monday April 30, Columbia University’s Studio-X NYC is hosting the final panel to wrap up the Breaking Out and Breaking In distributed film fest.

The discussion will bring together film, architecture, crime, history, and the FBI. Panelists include special Agent Brenda Cotton, Bank Robbery Coordinator for the FBI’s Bank Robbery/Kidnapping/Extortion Squad; Thomas McShane, Retired FBI Special Agent from the Bureau’s Art Crime Team; Scott Macauley, editor-in-chief of Filmmaker Magazine, co-sponsors of the Breaking Out and Breaking In film festival; Matt Jones, designer and principal at BERG; and myself. I’ll be speaking about some of the topics discussed during last year’s Fugitive Geographies symposium and the research colloquium Space, Crime, and Architecture. I’ll also probably talk a little about Walter Benjamin as detective, Clive Owen as reverse-fugitive, and the criminal act as a particularly transgressive mode of architectural criticism.

Recapping:
Breaking Out / Breaking In panel discussion
Studio-X NYC
180 Varick Street, Suite 1610
April 30, 7pm
free and open to the public, so please come on by!

update: The event was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came out. You can view a recording of Breaking Out and Breaking In on vimeo.

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Architecture

Breaking Out and Breaking In: An Architectural Film Fest

Breaking Out and Breaking In Poster
What does a heist reveal about bank design? What can architects learn from a prison break? What happens when we view the criminal act as an especially transgressive mode of architectural criticism? Crime has the potential to reveal new facets of architecture. It exposes unexpected spatial narratives and subverts conventional readings of the designed environment. Crime undermines the implicit formal and programmatic optimism in any architectural plan or program. It also makes for a hell of a movie.