Lift off in Canning Town!

Industri[us] at Canning Town is getting up and running – we need you to get involved.

We’re excited to announce that the Industri[us] Festival of Upcycling is going ahead thanks to the generous support of Groundwork and Serco – we’ll be starting works on site in Canning Town on Monday

What we’ll be doing – the three parts of Industri[us]

  1. MAKE/SHIFT – a stunning covered structure will form the focal point of Industri[us] activities on the Canning Town site. Here, upcycled goods will be showcased and sold. A street food court run by Urban Feasts, as well as entertainment events and themed activities, is to take place alongside the market.
  2. ENGINE ROOM – a range of innovative designer-makers working in material reuse will occupy workshop spaces, alongside local start-ups and others with a great ideas who are in need of a springboard. We’re collaborating with Cody Dock to deliver the Engine Room within a ten minute walk from Make/Shift.
  3. SPOTLIGHT – a large-scale installation space that will be a signpost for Industri[us] and a place for public spectacle. Now planned for 2013, it’s planned to launch with The Final Bid – conceived by artist Michael Pinsky – a dynamic auction in which ‘upcycled’ lots are suspended at heights determined by their value, ascending or descending as the bidding progresses.

The site

On the Olympics Spectator Walking Route, Industri[us] is in a fantastic location – there will be an estimated 80,000 people en route to ExCeL passing the site in Canning Town each day during the 2012 Games.


Industri[us] will launch in Canning Town over the Jubilee Weekend at the beginning of June, with events also taking place at the end of June to tie in with the London Festival of Architecture Royal Docks ‘hub’ weekend. By the 2012 Games, Make/Shift will be in full operation on the Canning Town site.

Pre-launch events will start on site from late May, where you’ll be able to come try your ideas for events and activities out.


Industri[us] is looking for people to get involved. Right now, we are looking to grow our network of designer-makers who upcycle and want to take a stall at the Make/Shift market and/or a space at the Engine Room workshops. If this is you or someone you know (spread the word!), please get in touch.

If this is not you, but you like what you’ve read about Industri[us] and want to be part of it, don’t let that stop you e-mailing us too. We would love to hear from you!


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