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A Nation of Shop-less ShopkeepersCardigan, Wales
Like many regional towns, Cardigan’s High Street is slipping into decline. Whilst retail continues to shift into the digital sphere and detached and excessive consumption comes under scrutiny, the form of the high street remains relatively unchanged from 150 years ago. The high street is increasingly subject to a pervasive national nostalgia. This project speculates on a chance to re-engage high streets with production, through an exploration of traditional and evolving maker practices within Cardigan. The high street is reimagined as a locally administered, adaptive, and representative space, exploring and challenging the relationship between regional towns and increasing globalisation.