Heathcott, Joseph


Joseph  Heathcott
PhD, History and American Studies, Indiana University
Associate Professor of Urban Studies; Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives

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Areas of Expertise:
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
Joseph Heathcott studies the American metropolis and its diverse cultures, institutions, and environments from a comparative and global perspective. His main area of interest is the public role of scholarship and teaching and the civic engagement of students and teachers. He taught at Indiana University, Washington University, and Saint Louis University before joining the faculty at The New School. In addition to working as an educator, researcher, and writer, Mr. Heathcott maintains an active practice as a photographer and curator. He has worked with many city agencies and nonprofits devoted to historic preservation, affordable housing development, arts and culture programming. Currently, he is the President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of the American City Planning Association and the Journal of Student Writing in the Arts.
Courses Taught:
  • Advanced Research Seminar in Urban Policy
  • Urban Economies: Money, Power, and People
  • The Everyday City: Architecture, Technology, and Landscape
  • Historic Preservation in the City: Time, Space, and Design
Recent Publications:

"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. (Fall 2012 on line, Winter 2013 in print).

"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).

Special issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association on the 75th Anniversary of Public Housing. Guest Editor. Fall 2012.

"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 2011).

"Infrastructure 2.0: A Stimulus Package for All of Us." National Civic Review 98, 2 (Summer 2010).

"Post-Industrial Urbanism 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.

"Making Preservation Pay: Historic Tax Credits Generate Big Investment." Progressive Planning 172 (Fall 2007).

"Curating the City: Challenges for Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century." Review essay commissioned by the Journal of Planning History 5, 1 (Winter 2006).


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