Chris and Lucy, Industrial Design
The first thing we noticed about Preston was it’s fairly irregular train time table; it’s hard to get there and harder to leave. This unique trait enables Preston culture to remain largely uninfluenced by the outside world.
On a more serious note, in Preston we discovered many small symptoms of informal urban practices. The people of Preston are clever with their space, making use of the sidewalk, roadside, telegraph poles and the air around them, which they filled with sound. These call the passer by to participate by heeding the call of ‘fresh fruit, fresh fruit’, or tearing off a phone number. Others were personal behaviors, people preferring to sit on the grass than in the stands, park their scooters in unusual places or using milkcrates in other ways. However, even these called for a observation and remark, creating an informal activity based upon the behavior.