The Expanded City – Olivia Keith

For her research stage of The Expanded City pilot project, Olivia Keith explored the histories and current identities of places and communities within the City Deal areas and wider city. This involved engaging people in conversation about their places through the making of large scale reportage drawings, which combine heritage and current information to explore the traces of tradition and historical context that are able to ‘make it through’ new developments. The sites that she chooses often feature, or are close to bridges, and that these are then paired with an obsolete map showing demolished houses and felled trees, which is reproduced at an oversized scale. Keith talked about her ideas and processes as part of The Expanded City symposium in June 2016. This work will form the basis of a longer-term mapping project, which will explore the role of names and naming within the redevelopment of places.

Click here to read The Expanded City publication.