As part of the V&A Friday Late series, Kat Davis presented Industri[us] to a panel of critics chaired by Austin Williams of Future Cities Project. The debate focused around public engagement in urban development and Kat revealed the thinking behind Industri[us] – utilising a meanwhile opportunity to build a strong local network of makers and doers, in which skills, time, waste and products are exchanged by people and businesses in the area of Newham. Kat also highlighted the importance of small scale interactions in this social enterprise. A lively debate followed, which questioned the role of community participation in relation to the past, present and future of architecture. Prompting questions such as should we be designing with or designing for our users? What is the role of the Architect? Is there an opportunity to create a new economy?
Industri[us] is our testbed.