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Joseph Heathcott

Joseph   Heathcott

Associate Professor of Urban Studies , Adult Bachelor's,Milano,Design Strategies

Office Location:

Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
  • Email: joseph@newschool.edu


  • Professor Heathcott studies the metropolis and its diverse cultures, institutions, and environments within a comparative and global perspective. His main interest is in the public role of scholarship and teaching, and the civic engagement of students and teachers in the world around them. He is also a compulsive peripatetic, amateur archivist, and collector of LPs, post cards, old radios, books, and found objects.

    During the academic year 2010-2011, Professor 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 been a visiting scholar at the University of Maastricht, the Catholic University of Lisbon, and the University of Vienna.  His articles, photographs, maps, drawings, and exhibits have appeared in a range of venues, from books and magazines, to exhibits, blogs, 'zines, and journals of opinion. His research on the social and design history of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe public housing project led to an exhibition at MIT titled Vertical City and contributed to the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. HIs most recent photography exhibits include Post-Acropolis Metropolis, installed at the Town Hall Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany, and BQ Borderlands, installed at the Queens Museum of Art. 

    Professor Heathcott has been awarded fellowships from U.S. Fulbright, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Erasmus Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the Brown Center for the Humanities. He has been invited to lecture, consult, and judge design reviews in a wide variety of venues both in the U.S. and internationally. He frequently volunteers his time with neighborhood groups and community organizations around issues of planning, preservation, and urban design. He served on the Board of Directors of the Center for Urban Pedagogy and the Urban History Association, and is currently the President-Elect of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
     


    Recent Publications:
     
    Visual Work: Photographs, photographic essays, collage, maps, drawings
     

    "Rumors of a New City."  Collage.  Bad Penny Review (April 2015).

    "Vendors, Mombasa, 1995."  Photograph.  Chaffey Review VIII (Spring 2015).

    "Boundary Worlds: Traveling the Brooklyn-Queens Border." Photographic and documentary essay in Urban Omnibus: The Journal of the Architectural League of New York, 15 January 2015.

    "Skin flâneur."  100 Word Story.  Fall 2013. 

    "Morning in the Casbah, Marrakech, 2010."  34th Parallel (October 2013).

    "Loot."  Graphic appropriation.  Dark Matter 11 (Fall 2013).

    "Setting Table in Old Stone Town, Zanzibar." Photographic essay in The Inquisitive Eater (June 2013).

    "The Archival Uncanny: A Photograph, A Family Lacunae." Rhizomes 23. Special issue on 'Deleuze and Photography.' (March 2012).

    "Six Miles from Wall Street." Collage of prepared found materials. Bosphorous Art Project Quarterly (Spring 2011).

    "One Night in Belleville, Paris, 2011." Photographic essay for XCP Streetnotes 19. Special issue on "The New Europe" (June 2011).

    "Surface Moments, Marrakech." Photographic essay for Camera Obscura 18 (March 2011).

    "Sacred to the Memory." Worked photograph. Bosphorous Art Project Quarterly (Winter 2010).

    "When Angels Held Fast."  Worked photograph.  5 x 5 magazine (Winter 2011).

    "The Urban Oblique."  Photographic series, Folly magazine (November 2011).

     
    Exhibits and Curatorial Work
     

    "Goblins in the Industrial City."  Worked photograph for group show, The Studio Door Gallery, San Diego, CA.  May-July 2015.

    "Urban Typefaces."  Photograph for group show, Oceana Gallery, San Francisco, CA.  Nov-Dec 2013.

    "Borderlands."  Installation of photographs and archival maps detailing the Brooklyn-Queens border landscapes, prepared for the reopening of the Queens Museum of Art.  Nov 2013-Jan 2014.

    "Joseph Heathcott Collection of Counterculture Publications, 1971-2000."  Collection built between 1985-2000, subsequently organized and donated to the Archives and Manuscripts Department of the Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections.  Available to the public as of 2012.

    "Post-Acropolis." Five photographers document the Midwest metropolitan landscape, with work by Michael Allen, Toby Weiss, Robert Powers, Clare Boyd, and John Montre.  Curator.   City Hall Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, May-June 2010.

    "Vertical City: The Life and Design of Pruitt-Igoe." Curator.  Gallery of Architecture, University of Utah, September - November 2007; Wolk Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 2004 - February 2005; The Sheldon Galleries and Concert Hall, October 2003 - January 2004.  

     
    Articles, Essays, Chapters
     

    "Race, Class, and American City Planning." Essay for Black Lives Matter, a web-based resource project by the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborate, edited by Meredith TenHoor and Jonathan Massey.

    "Public 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 World in a Cup: Coffee, from Kitchen Table to World Stage." The Montreal Review.  January 2015. 

    *"Myth No. 1: Public Housing Stands Alone." Chapter in Nicholas Bloom, Fritz Umbach, and Lawrence Vale, eds., Public Housing Myths: Perception, Reality, and Social Policy (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2015).

    "A Library, A City." Meridian.  Winter 2014.

    "The Science and Art of City-Making: The Model Street at the 1904 World's Fair." In Robert Freestone and Marco Amati, eds., Exhibitions and the Development of Modern Planning Culture (London: Ashgate Press, 2014).

    "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 Promenade Plantée: Politics, Planning, and Urban Design in Post-Industrial Paris." Journal of Planning Education and Research 33, 2 (2013).

    Special issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association on the 75th Anniversary of Public Housing in the U.S. Guest editor and author (December 2012).

    "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).

    "Ephemeral City: Design and Civic Meaning at the 1904 World's Fair." Journal of Design History (published online 2012, in print 2013).

    "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).

    "Through a City, Darkly." Catalogue essay for In Light: An Exhibition of Photographs by Chris Wainwright. Amsterdam: Castrum Peregrini, 2011.

    "One New Year's Eve in a Dying City." Antioch Review 69, 2 (Spring 2011).

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

     

    Performances and Appearances:

     

    Invited Presentations

    City of New York's Department of Design and Construction Monthly Speaker Series; University of Vienna; Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico; Museu da Electricidade, Lisbon; Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University; Princeton University; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; University of Amsterdam; Brooklyn Academy of Music; Yale University School of Architecture; Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University; Museum of the City of New York; Fitch Colloquium, Columbia University; University of the Arts, London; Benjamin Franklin House; Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; Photography Research Institute, Central St. Martin's College of Art, London; Chelsea College of Art and Design, London; Trinity College, Dublin; Deutsche-Amerikanische-Zentrum, Stuttgart, Germany; University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research; College of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago; College of Architecture, University of Texas-Austin; Loyola University at Chicago;  George Washington University; Royal Library, Brussels, Belgium; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Massachusetts Historical Society; Institut Charles V, Université de Paris VII; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago Historical Society, Urban History Speaker Series.
     
    Studio reviews, organized tours, and master classes
     
    Walking tour in Queens for students from the London School of Economics; Master of Urban Design studio, Yale University; Master of Urban Design studio, Parsons; Housing studio, Parsons; City Design studio, London School of Economics; MS in Historic Preservation studio, Walking tour series for the Municipal Arts Society; Columbia University; Master class, Ph.D. in Art, London College of Communication; Master class, Ph.D. Cities, London School of Economics; Master class, MA Curatorial Studies and MA in Art Theory, Chelsea College of Art and Design; Studio for work in progress, South London Gallery; Master class, Ph.D. in Art, Chelsea College of Art and Design; Master class MFA in Arts Research, Wimbledon College of Art; Master of Urban Design studio, Washington University School of Architecture; Housing studio, Washington University School of Architecture; Master of Landscape Architecture studio review, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University; Master of Urban Design studio, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University; Visual Studies studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MArch studio, Washington University School of Architecture.   
     
     
    Research Interests:

    Cities real and imagined; architectural history, theory, and criticism in the twentieth century; metropolitan and community studies; civic and public cultures; cities as living archives of creativity, urbanity, and design.

     

    Awards and Honors:
    Mellon Distinguished Fellowship, School of Architecture, Princeton University;
    Visiting Faculty, University of Vienna, Urban Studies Graduate Summer Institute;
    Visiting Faculty, Lisbon Consortium, Doctoral Program in Cultural Studies 
    U.S. Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the United Kingdom
    U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist Award 
    SAGES Visiting Faculty Fellow, Case Western Reserve University (declined)
    John Nichols Brown Center for the Humanities Visiting Fellowship
    American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship
    Catherine Wurster Prize, Society for American City and Regional Planning History
    International Initiative Grant, American Studies Association, Washington, DC
    Erasmus Institute / NEH Faculty Fellowship (declined)
    Missouri Historical Society Research-in-Residence Fellowship
    The John H. Edwards Fellowship
     


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