PhD, History and American Studies, Indiana University
Associate Professor of Urban StudiesMedia Contact Information:
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politics of redevelopment and urban design; urban planning and policy; creative cities debates; architectural theory and criticism; arts, historic preservation, and cultural resources; public housing and housing affordability; post-industrial regions and economiesProfile:
Heathcott studies cities and their diverse cultures, institutions, and landscapes
from a comparative and global perspective. His main area of interest is the
politics and policies that shape urban built environments. Over the past decade
he has advanced the study of cities by connecting the humanities and social
sciences with practice fields such as architecture, city planning, social
policy, and design. His work has
appeared in numerous formats including books, edited volumes, scholarly
journals, magazines, exhibits, juried art shows, and reports.
2010-2011, Dr. Heathcott served as the U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair to the
United Kingdom at the University of the Arts in London, and as a Senior
Visiting Scholar at the London School of Economics. He has also taught at the University of
Vienna, the University of Maastricht, and the Catholic University of Portugal.
At The New School he has served as Chair of Urban Studies, co-chair of the
university-wide urban programs committee, and Associate Dean for Academic
Initiatives. In 2016 he will be the
Mellon Distinguished Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism, and Humanities at
Heathcott has been invited to lecture, consult, and judge design reviews in a
variety of venues both in the U.S. and internationally. He has served on numerous boards, including
the Urban History Association and the Center for Urban Pedagogy. He is currently President of the Society for
American City and Regional Planning History, and serves on the editorial boards
of the Journal of the American Planning
Association and the Journal of
Student Writing in the Arts. He
frequently volunteers his time with neighborhood groups and non-profit
organizations around issues of community planning, preservation, and design.
Design of Cities
and Urban Practice History Lab
Research Seminar in Urban Policy
Economy of the City
Everyday City: Architecture, Technology, and Landscape
Preservation in the City: Time, Space, and Design
Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Border." Photographic and documentary essay
in Urban Omnibus: The Journal of the
Architectural League of New York, 15 January 2015.
Class, and American City Planning." Essay for The Aggregate, an Architectural History collaborative web site,
edited by Meredith TenHoor and Jonathan Massey, March 2015.
Housing as a Tool of Racial Segregation."
In Daniel D'Oca and Tobias Armborst, The
Arsenal of Exclusion and Inclusion (Barcelona: Actar Press, 2015).
"The Bold and the
Bland: Art, Redevelopment, and the Creative Commons in Post-Industrial New York."
City: Analysis of Urban Trends, Culture,
Theory, Policy, Action 19, 1 (2015).
"The Promenade Plantée: Politics, Planning, and
Urban Design in Post-Industrial Paris." Journal of Planning Education and Research 33, 2 (2013).
"Heritage in the Dynamic City: The Politics
and Practice of Conservation on the Swahili Coast." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 37, 1 (2012).
"The Historic Urban Landscape of the Swahili
Coast: New Frameworks for Conservation." In World Heritage Papers Series No. 36: Swahili Historic Urban Landscapes
(Paris: UNESCO World Heritage Center, 2013).
"The Strange Career of Public Housing: Policy,
Planning, and the American Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century." Lead article for the Journal of the American Planning Association special issue on the 75th Anniversary of
Public Housing (2012). Also served as
the Guest Editor.
"Dust and Design: The Architecture of the Farm
Security Administration Migrant Camps, 1937 - 1942." Special issue of Onsite Review on "Architecture and Dirt," (Fall 2011).
"In the Nature of a
Clinic: The Design of Early Public Housing." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 70, 1 (March
"Infrastructure 2.0: A
Stimulus Package for All of Us." National
Civic Review 98, 2 (Summer 2010).
as an Archival Project: The Work of the Building Arts Foundation."
With Pamela Ambrose. Art Documentation
28, 1 (2009).
"The City Quietly
Remade: National Priorities and Local Agendas in the Movement to Clear the
Slums." Special issue of the Journal
of Urban History 34, 2 (January 2008).
"The Street as a Transnational Space." On Site Review: Journal of Architecture and
Culture 19, special issue on
"Streets," (Summer 2008).
Pay: Historic Tax Credits Generate Big Investment." Progressive Planning 172 (Fall 2007).