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Free Preston events inviting locals to re-think their neighbourhoods

Posted on - 14th September, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Housing, Preston News, Redevelopment, UCLan, University campus
Uclan meadia factory. Pic: Tony Worrall
The events are being run by In Certain Places, which is based at the UCLan Media Factory. Pic: Tony Worrall

In Certain Places, an artistic research project at the University of Central Lancashire, is inviting people to re-think the way their neighbourhoods are planned.

A series of events called ‘Creative Infrastructure Labs’ will be led by artists Emily SpeedGavin Renshaw and Julia Heslop, and will explore creative approaches to developing community infrastructure.

The events will run throughout autumn.

The focus will be sustainable transport routes, play spaces and community centres, with a look upon new housing developments in the north of Preston.   

Read more: Preston Heritage Open Days launch virtual activities throughout September

Online discussions and presentations will take place featuring examples of successful projects from other places, nationally and internationally, as well as on-the-ground activities in local neighbourhoods.   

The Creative Infrastructure Labs are the latest events in a three-stage programme of activities entitled The Expanded City.

A free Expanded City book will be available for all those stopping by, and Olivia Keith's drawing of the edge of Preston
A book from an earlier project by The Expanded City

The programme investigates the changing nature of cities in relation to Preston’s City Deal scheme, which is part of a national initiative to encourage economic growth in key cities across England.

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In Certain Places has been working with a group of artists, writers and designers to critique and contribute to the scheme, which includes the creation of over 5,000 houses as well as new roads and amenities on Preston’s rural fringes.

All activities are free and open to all, but booking is required. For more information, email info@incertainplaces.org, or visit The Expanded City website.

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