The Connected 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’. She is interested 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 Connected City project in 2017, Velvick is researching new and re-emerging forms of ‘household’ that come about when families live intergenerationally and adults live together in shared housing. She will investigate whether existing and future housing provision will meet the needs of such configurations and whether it will be possible to ‘knock through’ dwellings to create larger houses in the same way as previous generations created larger houses from rows of two-up, two-down terraces. She will continue to provide a critical context for the whole project in her regular blogposts.