on chain complexes/model structure on cosimplicial abelian groups
related by the Dold-Kan correspondence
on algebras over an operad, on modules over an algebra over an operad
on dendroidal sets, for dendroidal complete Segal spaces, for dendroidal Cartesian fibrations
Philosophically, model structures allow one to localize a category at a particular collection of weak equivalences, which one would like to formally invert.
For topological spaces, there are two natural candidates for the collection $W$ of weak equivalences:
and the homotopy equivalences.
Both of these have accompanying model structures. Interestingly, these two model structures can also be combined to form what’s known as the mixed model structure.
All of these model structures exist not only on the category of all topological spaces, but also on most nice categories of spaces. Using a nice category instead is sometimes important, such as if we want the model structure to be monoidal.
The first, and most prevalent, model structure has
weak equivalences are the weak homotopy equivalences;
fibrations are the Serre fibrations, maps which have the right lifting property with respect to all inclusions of the form $i_0 : D^n \hookrightarrow D^n \times I$ that include the $n$-disk as $D^n \times \{0\}$.
cofibrations are the “retracts of relative cell complexes.” In fact, this situation is quite general. The cofibrations $C$ are generated by the set of boundary inclusions $S^{n-1} \hookrightarrow D^n$ for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$ in the sense that they are the smallest saturated class containing these morphisms. As a consequence, of Quillen’s small object argument, all cofibrations have the form described above, where a relative cell complex is a transfinite composite of pushouts of coproducts of these generating maps.
This model structure is sometimes called the Quillen model structure or $q$-model structure on Top.
A second model structure has
weak equivalences are the homotopy equivalences;
fibrations are the Hurewicz fibrations, which are defined to be maps that have the right lifting property with respect to all inclusions $i_0 : A \hookrightarrow A \times I$ for any topological space $A$.
cofibrations are determined by these classes and are called the closed Hurewicz cofibrations.
This model structure is sometimes called the Hurewicz model structure, since it uses Hurewicz fibrations and cofibrations, or also the $h$-model structure, where $h$ can stand for either “Hurewicz” or “homotopy equivalence.” However, it is also sometimes called the Strøm model structure, since it was first proven to exist by Arne Strøm.
From the definitions, Hurewicz fibrations are necessarily Serre fibrations. It is well-known that homotopy equivalences are weak homotopy equivalences. If we write $(C_1, F_1, W_1)$ for the classes of the first model structure and $(C_2, F_2, W_2)$ for the classes of the second, we have $W_2 \subset W_1$ and $F_2 \subset F_1$.
In general given two model structures with these inclusions, we get a third mixed model structure $(C_m, F_2, W_1)$ where the cofibrations $C_m$ are determined by the other two classes.
On topological spaces, this model structure has
weak equivalences the weak homotopy equivalences
fibrations the Hurewicz fibrations;
cofibrant spaces (the m-cofibrant spaces) are precisely those spaces that are homotopy equivalent to CW complexes.
For the discussion of the homotopy theory given by the model structure on topological spaces, it is necessary or at least useful to pass to subcatgeories of nice topological spaces.
Write
$kTop \hookrightarrow Top$ for the full subcategory of k-spaces;
$CGTop \hookrightarrow Top$ for the full subcategory of compactly generated spaces.
There is a model category structure $kTop_{Quillen}$ on $kTop$ in which a morphism is a cofibration, fibration or weak equivalence, respectively, precisely if it is so under the inclusion $kTop \hookrightarrow Top$. And this inclusion is the left adjoint in a Quillen equivalence
This appears for instance as (Hovey, theorem 2.4.23)
There is a model category structure $CGTop_{Quillen}$ on $CGTop$ in which a morphism is a cofibration, fibration or weak equivalence, respectively, precisely if it is so under the inclusion $CGTop \hookrightarrow Top$. And this inclusion is the right adjoint in a Quillen equivalence
Notice that $Top_{Quillen}$ is not a monoidal model category, because $Top$ itself is not (cartesian) closed.
Both $kTop_{Quillen}$ and $CGTop_{Quillen}$ are symmetric monoidal model categories.
This appears as (Hovey, prop. 4.2.11).
In fact $CGTo_{Quillen}$ is a cartesian closed model category. (see e.g Berger-Moerdijk 03)
The Quillen model structure $Top_{Qullen}$ is Quillen equivalent to the standard (Quillen) model structure on simplicial sets via the total singular complex and geometric realization functors.
Since the standard model structure on simplicial sets is a presentation of the (∞,1)-category ∞Grpd of ∞-groupoids realized as Kan complexes, this identifies topological spaces with ∞-groupoids in an (∞,1)-categorical sense. Notably it says that every $\infty$-groupoid is, up to equivalence, the fundamental ∞-groupoid of some topological space.
This statement is called the homotopy hypothesis (which here is a theorem). See there for more details.
The identity functor constitutes a Quillen adjunction
between the Quillen model structure and the Strom model structure on $Top$. Here $Top_{Strom} \to Top_{Quillen}$ is the right Quillen functor.
For the original “Quillen” or “q-” model structure see
Standard textbooks references include
Hirschhorn Model categories and their localizations.
Kate Ponto, Peter May, section 17 of More concise algebraic topology (pdf)
For the “Hurewicz,” “Strøm,” or “h-” model structure:
For the “mixed” or “m-” model structure:
The generalization to the model structure on topological operads? is due to