The Expanded City – Lauren Velvick

Lauren Velvick speaking at Red Scar Industrial Estate, 2016.

Lauren Velvick speaking at Red Scar Industrial Estate, 2016.

During 2016,  Lauren Velvick worked as ‘writer in residence’ on The Expanded City – documenting the project through a series of blogposts and a publication, which will be disseminated as part of The Expanded City event on 18th November 2016. 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 has 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.

Click here to watch Velvick speaking about her research as part of The Expanded City symposium in June 2016.

Click here to read The Expanded City publication.