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Publications:  Joseph Heathcott, “Ephemeral City: Design and Civic Meaning at the 1904 World’s Fair” in the Journal of Design History

Publications: Joseph Heathcott, “Ephemeral City: Design and Civic Meaning at the 1904 World’s Fair” in the Journal of Design History

Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Associate Dean of Academic Initiatives, has published an article titled “Ephemeral City: Design and Civic Meaning at the 1904 World’s Fair” in the Journal of Design History. The paper appears in an early on-line version with Oxford University Press, and is scheduled for print release this Winter. The paper is based on research conducted while serving as guest curator for a major retrospective exhibit on the World’s Fair, installed at the Missouri History Museum in 2004, and still on display. Other work by Heathcott resulting from this research includes a short piece for Gateway Heritage titled “Constructing the Fair” (2005), a presentation to the Lewis Mumford forum at Columbia University (2011), and a chapter titled “The Science and Art of CIty Building: The Model City at the World’s Fair” in the book Architectural Models and Planning Exhibitions (forthcoming from Ashgate Press in 2013).

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News: Joseph Heathcott Lectures in Amsterdam and Brussels

News: Joseph Heathcott Lectures in Amsterdam and Brussels

Joseph Heathcott recently traveled to Amsterdam and Brussels. He gave a lecture at the University of Amsterdam titled “Hip Hop Storms the World from the South Bronx: Place Specificity in Urban Cultural Formations.”  While in Amsterdam, he also conducted a question and answer session following the screening of the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth.  In Brussels, he served on the national commission for external review of the urban programs at the Vrije Universitet Brussel.

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Press Clips: Joseph Heathcott publishes article on Swahili urban heritage

Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Associate Dean of Academic Initiatives, has published an article titled “Heritage in the Dynamic City: The Politics and Practice of Urban Conservation on the Swahili Coast” in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.  The paper appears in an early on-line version with Blackwell Press, and is scheduled for print release this Fall.  The paper is based on archival research, participant-observation, and photographic evidence conducted in Lamu and Mombasa in Kenya, and Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

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News: Joseph Heathcott Speaks in Two Events at Columbia University

News: Joseph Heathcott Speaks in Two Events at Columbia University

Joseph Heathcott spoke at two separate events at Columbia University in the last month. On April 14th he presented his paper on “Ephemeral City: Technology and Meaning at the 1904 World’s Fair” to the annual colloquium of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of Architecture. On March 31st, he gave the opening presentation for the annual James Marston Fitch Colloquium, titled “What do We Preserve?: 75 Years of Public Housing in America.”

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Press Clips: Joseph Heathcott Publishes “The Archival Uncanny: A Family Lacuna” in _rhizomes_

The Archival Uncanny: A Family Lacuna
by Joseph Heathcott
from a special issue of _rhizomes_ devoted to “Deleuze and Photography”

Ten solid Tennessee men sit for a photograph at the dawn of the twentieth century. Nine of the men are brothers, one the father. All of them are sharecroppers and farm laborers, their dusty ill-fitting clothes revealing something of their poverty. For several of them it will be the only time their image is captured. They give the camera a low, steady, back-country stare as the photographer seizes the moment. For the full article, click here.

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News: Joseph Heathcott Speaks at Museum of the City of New York on 4/5 on “Other American Cities Take on the Grid” panel


Joseph Heathcott will speak at The Museum of the City of New York on the following panel:


Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 PM

Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago are also gridded cities ‘ and each designed a template different from New York’s right angles, which accommodate real estate growth so well. Washington’s wide boulevards and diagonals allow for open civic spaces and monuments; and different proportions for rectangular blocks created widely varying urban experiences in Philadelphia and Chicago. The Greatest Grid’s curator Hilary Ballon moderates a panel discussion with Gary Hack, Professor and Dean Emeritus, School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania; Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Design at The New School; and Martin Moeller, Senior Vice President and curator at the National Building Museum to explore how the original grid patterns of D.C., Philly and Chicago shaped the growth of these cities and continue to influence their distinct character today. Co-sponsored by The New School for Public Engagement and NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Presented in conjunction with The Greatest Grid, The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011.

Reservations required. Please register by visiting boxoffice.mcny.org. For friends of the School for Public Engagement, we are happy to extend a discount; please enter the code New45 (case sensitive) upon check-out to receive $5 tickets. For more information call 917-492-3395.








Note: The Museum’s exhibition, The Greatest Grid, will be open to program registrants from 6 pm until 6:25 pm.








The Museum of the City of New York is located at:




1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street




New York, NY 10029

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News: Joseph Heathcott serves on design jury for Pruitt-Igoe public housing grounds

News: Joseph Heathcott serves on design jury for Pruitt-Igoe public housing grounds

Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, is serving as a juror for a design competition centered on one of the most famous vacant sites in the U.S., the former Pruitt-Igoe public housing grounds. Heathcott is serving with architects Teddy Cruz and Sergio Palleroni, as well as the artist Theaster Gates as well as Van Allen Fellow / Editor of The Next American City Diana Lind. Former residents are also represented on the jury and the advisory board. The competition is run by the Preservation Research office, a St. Louis firm, and it just closed with over 320 entries from around the world. For further information, click here.

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Request for Proposals to NSPE’s Civic Engagement Grant Fund

Joseph Heathcott and Michele Kahane are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to NSPE’s Civic Engagement Grant Fund which was established by David Scobey last year. Attached you will find more detail about the RFP process and requirements. Attached is an updated copy of “Call for Proposals: Civic Engagement Fund Grants.” You should note that a minor change has been made in regard to eligibility, allowing for broader participation among annualized Part-time Faculty.

The Civic Engagement Grant Fund is meant to support a variety of projects across disciplines. Past recipients worked on a wide array of issues including community development, human trafficking and homelessness.

If you intend to respond to the RFP, application materials need to be submitted to David Rosenstock drosenstock@gmail.com, by 3:00 PM, Friday, March 28th. A panel, consisting of last year’s grant recipients, will make its decision in early April. The RFP is attached. Civic Engagement Fund grants–RFP 2012 (Updated March 9, 2012)

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Call for Papers for the 2012 National Conference of Imagining America

We are pleased to forward the Call for Papers for the 2012 national conference of Imagining America (IA). The New School is an institutional member of IA, and a co-sponsor of the 2012 conference, to be held in NYC. Imagining America is “a consortium of universities and organizations dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of humanities, arts, and design.”

The meeting of IA in our neighborhood presents a wonderful opportunity to engage with scholars and practitioners from around the country, and to showcase some of the work that we do at The New School. To this end, we would encourage faculty, staff, students, and community partners not only to attend the conference, but to consider proposing panels to discuss your work.
Below you will find the information and links necessary to move forward. This is a really unique opportunity for all of us, and I hope that as many of you as possible will get involved. Think creative, think big, and propose!
The CFP, and more information about the conference, is available at



2012 Imagining America National Conference

October 5-7, 2012, New York, NY

Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners?

Co-hosted by Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, Columbia University, New York University, and The New School


Slashed budgets, debt burdens, speculation unchecked, diminished access, narrowing measures of worth. Without support for a reorientation of values and realignment of priorities, higher education and community organizations committed to a just, equitable, and fully participatory vision of the world face a challenge to their most cherished ideals and in some cases, their very survival. Against these forces of unequal benefit, induced scarcity, and reduced expectation, this is a moment that calls for a bold and ambitious voicing of where our desired future lies and how we will get there.

The 2012 Imagining America conference, to be held in New York City, October 5-7, is an occasion to reflect critically on the shared predicaments of democratically-oriented, cultural work in higher education and community-based organizations; to articulate languages and practices of possibility; and to develop and strengthen cross-sectoral networks committed to moving such work forward. The conference is grounded in approaches and experience of the arts, humanities and design drawn from both academic and community knowledge, which is at once local, national, and global. Our aim is to craft a strategic, mobilizing, and policy-savvy framework for sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships that advances full participation of all constituents in the range of decisions that affect our common future. Building equitable partnerships among higher education and community organizations into its design, the conference aims to develop and disseminate critical, collaborative, and creative forms of new knowledge and leadership. We seek to enlarge the scope of who participates in learning and knowledge production; how that knowledge is generated, valued, and shared; and how to develop solutions to the dilemmas we face. The work we undertake now will build conditions and relationships that are needed to address the crises facing our communities and institutions and enable us to reimagine and remake our future.

The IA conference will explore where campus and community fates are linked and how theory and practice, aspiration and action can be fruitfully entwined. The over-arching framework of the three day conference brings together New York City-based programming with initiatives taking place around the country. To maximize our work together, we ask all who submit proposals to take this framework into consideration and to place their own work in dialogue with the locally generated themes if possible.

The three days will be structured as follows: The first day begins with plenary sessions that include perspectives on shared visions and challenges from people positioned in higher education, community, and policy, with afternoon sessions taking place at various community sites around New York City. The second day incorporates report-backs from and performances based upon the activities and conversations from the first day and focuses on narratives of possibility and innovation. The concluding day is about identifying implications for institutional sustainability for public-minded campuses and community organizations, IA’s own organizational capacity, and national policy.

Sessions will embody multiple formats for public engagement that integrate different ways of knowing, foregrounding the role of humanities, arts, and design. Integrating insights from community, education, and policy, three large thematic areas will be explored:

1) Full, Equitable Partnerships: All manner of partnerships and collaborations have formed between campuses and communities. What makes for effective and sustainable partnerships between higher education and cultural and community organizations? Who is involved in teaching and learning, hiring, curriculum design? Where and for whom are programs designed, and what is their long term impact? The aim is to develop a partnership framework that could be adopted nationally.

Partnerships also raise the issue of organizational sustainability. While higher education looks to be headed for a tuition and debt bubble, many cultural organizations, community-based and otherwise-situated, face dim prospects of survival. Given constraints in both the for-profit and nonprofit models, what alternative organizational forms are available? How might resources be pooled and shared more effectively? How might research and investigative capacities of higher education be channeled to serve the needs of community organizations, and reciprocally, how might community-based expertises be integrated more deliberately in higher ed?

2) Linking Diversity and Engagement: The success and sustainability of initiatives aimed at full participation and public engagement depend upon linking both and building them into the hard-wiring of institutions. This theme builds on IA’s ongoing Linking project, which asks:

  • How does the goal of increasing institutional diversity and full participation interact with developing the capacity and commitment to address tough problems facing multiple communities? What strategies and frameworks enable these linkages to form and last?
  • How do activities, relationships and resources cluster to become arenas for promoting broader sustainable change? How do change and policy leaders build out systematically from hubs and hot spots at the forefront of change? What can one initiative learn from another about that building out process?
  • How can arts, design, and humanities serve as particular vehicles for linking diversity/ inclusion with public scholarship/ engagement?

3) Arts, Culture, and Community and Economic Development: Higher education institutions and government agencies have long directed their resources and investments in ways that decisively impact surrounding communities. What approaches to equitable community and economic development strengthen local neighborhoods? What kinds of decision-making, policy frameworks and incentives would be productive for under-resourced populations and institutions? What do self determined approaches look like that draw on local community assets? What kinds of organizing and organizational leadership is needed to advance these common goals, and how can the arts and culture contribute?

Imagining America invites you to consider your work in dialogue with one of the above themes, and in the arc of the conference.Running through all of the above we invite sessions that articulate the role of youth. We also welcome a cadre of proposals that do not fit in this framework but nevertheless advance engaged theory and practice through open and critical dialogue with other conference participants. IA is particularly interested in proposals that contribute to ongoing areas of interest to our members, namely engaged practices in humanities, arts, and design as they intersect with: the environment and climate change; public health; incarceration and reentry; feminism and feminist activism; faith/spirituality; and international engagement.

The submission deadline is Monday, April 23.

Please note: The conference submission platform will be available beginning on March 19th.

CLICK HERE for more about conference session themes and formats.

CLICK HERE for a PDF version of this CFP and session formats.

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Joseph Heathcott Appointed NSPE’s Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, has agreed to serve as NSPE’s Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives. As such, Joseph is charged with coordinating projects and convening faculty teams on academic initiatives that cut across the educational missions of the various schools and programs in NSPE. The initiatives on which he will work include the role of academic civic engagement across the division, linkages between our undergraduate and graduate missions, and interdisciplinary collaborations across programs.

Most of you know Joseph well already as a colleague, teacher, and scholar. For those who do not: he is an urban historian and urban studies scholar, who studies the American 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. In addition, he is a compulsive, peripatetic, amateur archivist, and collector of LPs, post cards, old radios, books, and found objects.

During the academic year 2010-2011, Joseph 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. 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. You can find his recent work on The Dean’s Forum blog. 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 to a book currently nearing completion with University of Chicago Press. Most recently, his photography exhibit Post-Acropolis Metropolis, was installed at the Town Hall Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany.

Joseph’s rich biography includes 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. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Urban Pedagogy, and frequently volunteers his time with neighborhood groups and community organizations around issues of planning, preservation, and urban design.

Joseph’s interdisciplinary range and breadth of creative and scholarly work make him a wonderful colleague for NSPE and a wonderful leader for our division-wide academic initiatives. I am grateful that he has agreed to serve as Associate Dean and excited to be working with him.

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