Open to the Public

This project was a research trajectory for discussion about the meaning and potential of vacant buildings in the city of Preston. Over the last decade urban planning had been dominated by a large-scale regeneration plan. But the economic crisis caused the main investor to pull out and as a consequence, the whole plan failed. ‘Open to the Public’ aimed for the development of different ideas concerning the future of the city. A map of all the empty buildings was shown in an empty store in the main shopping area. From here debates were organised about the alternative use of these places. For the duration of the project, the vacant properties in the city were marked off with barrier tape to indicate the ‘crime’ of vacancy.