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Landscape Entanglements

Joseph Heathcott

This ongoing line of inquiry explores new approaches to the description, analysis, and comparison of landscapes in a globalizing age.  Drawing on geography, anthropology, cultural landscape studies, ecology, and landscape architecture, the work that I undertake in this area considers landscapes as dynamic and ever-changing forms that emerge at the intersection of material conditions and human spatial imaginaries.  I am especially interested in the study of landscapes that defy easy categorization as urban or rural, natural or human-made, central or peripheral--and in so doing, reveal the limitations of such ready taxonomies.  After all, much of the descriptive terminology and analytic apparatus that we apply to landscape studies originates not as universal, transhistorical categories of meaning, but rather as highly particular to Global North / European intellectual traditions. 

Activities, publications, and other results

The Routledge Handbook on Infrastructure Designs: Views from Architectural History

Editor (26 chapters) and author of the Introduction. Routledge, 2022.

"The Street Markets of Mexico City." Selection of ten large prints included by invitation to the inaugural group show Markets Through Contemporary Art, installed at the Museo Del Banco de México, Jul-Dec 2022. 

"Stone by Stone: Urban Spatial Production in the Pedregal de Santo Domingo." 

Virtual tour and talk for the Princeton University Program in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, Jan 2021.

"Notes on the Peri-Urban Landscapes of Oaxaca." Edge Effects, Fall 2022.

"Landscape Entanglements: Toward a New Descriptive Project in Planning Theory" (co-authored with Kevin Rogan). Berkeley Planning Journal 31 (2020).

"A Street in Bratislava." Photographic essay. Platform magazine, March 2020.


"Syntopic Landscape: The Wholesale Supply Market at Oaxaca." Photographic essay. Platform magazine, January 2020.

"Geometries of Corn and Blood."  In Domenic Petman, ed.  Dispatches from the Institute of Incoherent Geography. Pittsburgh and New York: Flugschriften, 2019.

"After the Fire, Roses." Photograph for juried group show. Core Art Space

Denver, CO, May-June 2018.


"Colonia Federal, Mexico City." Photograph for juried group show. Barrett Art Center. Poughkeepsie, NY, May-Jun 2018.


"Buy, Sell, Trade."  Photograph for juried group show. Colorado Photographic Arts Center . Denver, CO, Sept-Nov 2017.

"Crosswalk, Faubourg St-Antoine."  Rendered photograph for juried group show. Art League of Rhode Island , Providence, RI, Sept-Oct 2016.


"Whose River Is It?" Rendered photograph with graphic elements for juried group show. Site:Brooklyn Gallery. New York, NY, May-June 2016.

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

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