The Expanded City – Lauren Velvick
During 2016, Lauren Velvick worked as ‘writer in residence’ on The Expanded City project – documenting the project through a series of blogposts and The Expanded City publication. As well as reporting on the project, Velvick has experimented with creative modes of writing and reading in the context of the city and its hinterlands. As part of her research she focused on the ‘employment area’ to the North East of Preston’s city centre, which features what artist Robert Smithson called ‘nowhere monuments’. Her interest was in recording how the use and character of this site will change as the amenities, such as coffee shops and convenience stores, increase while the wastelands currently used for play and rebellion are built over.
For the continuation of the project in 2017, Velvick researched new and re-emerging forms of ‘household’ that come about when families live inter-generationally and adults live together in shared housing. She investigated whether existing and future housing provision will meet the needs of such configurations and continued to provide a critical context for the whole project in her regular blogposts.