Associate Professor of Urban Studies
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Building
Professor Heathcott (heathcott.nyc) studies the metropolis and its diverse cultures, institutions, and environments within a comparative and global perspective. His research and teaching interests include: 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.
In 2016, Prof. Heathcott was the Mellon Distinguished Fellow at the Princeton University School of Architecture. During the academic year 2010-2011, he 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 as President of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
Capturing the City: Photographs from the Streets of St. Louis, 1900-1930. Co-authored with Angela Dietz. Missouri Historical Society and the University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Special issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association on the 75th Anniversary of Public Housing. Guest Editor. Fall 2012.
"Urban Data Streams: Selections from the Façade Project." Domus (Mar 2016).
"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).
"Whose River Is It?" Large agit-prop poster (high resolution aerial imagery with text) for group show "Landscapes: A Sense of Place" at Site:Brooklyn, May-Jul 2016.
"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.
"Creative Approaches to Public Space." In Yvonne Franz and Christiane Hintermann, eds., Understanding Public Spaces (Forthcoming from University of Vienna Press, 2017).
"Janet Abu-Lughod." In Regan Koch and Alan Latham, eds., Key Thinkers on Cities (Forthcoming from Sage Press, 2017).
"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).
"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).
Main areas of inquiry
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.
Works in Progress
Designing Post-Industrial Paris: The Promenade Plantée and the New Urban Imaginary. Book manuscript in progress.
Pruitt-Igoe: The Projects and the People in the American Metropolis. Book manuscript in progress.
Slow-Motion Katrina: Race, Place, and the Post-Industrial Landscape. Text and photographic essay, part of a longer-term documentary photography project.
Crucibles of the Next City: Hyperdiversity and Negotiation in the New Cosmopolis. Long-term documentary photography project.
The Façade Project: Urban Data and Everday Life. Long-term documentary project.
Cityscapes: Ongoing documentary project of neighborhoods in cities aroudn the world.
Bustling Streets and the Practice of Urban Design: Learning from Roosevelt Avenue. Article in preparation.
The Infrastructure Imperative: Challenges and Opportunities for Design. Article in preparation.
The Design of Cities
Urban History Lab: Lecture
Urban History Lab: Workshop
Planning Sustainable Cities
Sensing the City
Ind Senior Project (Open Campus)