[iDC] Introduction

Joseph Heathcott heathcoj at newschool.edu
Wed Sep 23 16:27:29 UTC 2009

Dear colleagues,

Forgive me for not introducing myself earlier.  My name is Joseph heathcott, and I will be moderating a session of the upcoming conference.  I teach at The New School in Eugene Lang College and Parsons School of Design, and serve as chair of the department of urban studies.  I am an architectural and comparative urban historian by training, with interests in the iterative and layered relationships between the built environment, social organization, and multiple imaginaries that intersect in the city.  My most recent lecture, given at Columbia University, was titled "Is There a Queens Urbanism?" a question which, of course, really has no proper answer, but which conjures many competing notions of what a city is.  My most recent published piece appeared in Art Documentation titled "The Industrial City as an Archival Artifact," and consists largely of an interview iwth a salvage operator who has amassed the largest collection of architectural artifacts in the country.  I am currently working to develop an exhibition on the "Documerica" project, an Environmental Protection Agency photography effort undertaken in the early 1970s.

I look forward to meeting all of you whether in virtual or "meat-based" form.  


Joseph Heathcott
Chair of Urban Studies
Eugene Lang College, The New School

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