The Expanded City – Emily Speed

During her research for The Expanded City project, artist Emily Speed explored informal leisure spaces within the City Deal and wider areas of Preston. Through conversations with city planners and on-the-ground research, she has explored approaches to leisure provision within housing developments, the relationship between formal and informal spaces and the interface between public and private space within new housing developments.

In 2017 Speed researched the space that will be allocated for play in the places within the city deal area. Her research was concerned with creating a temporary, landscaped space for play, gatherings and performances, as well as being open to other suggestions and possibilities on land that will later be developed for housing. She sees the current stage of the City Deal – where some things have been built and others only exist in plans – as being full of potential, and ideal for testing a different approach to leisure space. Speed consulted with local groups focusing on activities that are primarily concerned with the body about what this space might become.

Click here to read The Expanded City publication.