© 2016 Joseph Heathcott

Research

My research springs from a curiosity about cities—what makes them alike and different, how people live in them, where we find inspiration to change them.  At root I am interested in the temporality of cities, both in how they change over time, and how they reflect and amplify change.  I am also fundamentally interested in how people shape, and are shaped by, the urban landscapes that surround them. 

 

Most of the work that I do comes under the broad heading of urbanism, and falls into the areas of inquiry below.  These are by no means discrete categories; research is by nature promiscuous and open-ended.  Moreover, research and practice are closely entwined for me; it is not only that they inform each other, but that practice is itself a mode of research and research a mode of practice.  I often refer to this as a "critical urban practice."

 

Visual + material culture of cities
Design + Building Histories
Planning, Politics + Governmentality
Reading Urban Landscapes
Methods + Techniques
Race, Class + Civic life
Knowledge, Institution, Archive
Preservation, Heritage, + Memory
Postindustrial Urbanism
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