A little film we made

In August of last year we made a short film telling you about Industri[us] and our Festival of Upcycling in Canning Town… we thought it was about time we share it with you!


‘Closed Loops in Meanwhile Construction’ – talk feat. Festival of Upcycling

Moira Lascelles from the Architecture Foundation will present her recent research commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation which examines a selection of national and international creative re-use case studies, including Industri[us].

The research assembles a series of lessons learnt to inform the potential creation of a Materials Reuse Centre in East London on an interim use site. This facility would potentially aid the construction of future meanwhile projects on or around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and also offer building materials and components for sale to the wider public for reuse.

For further information on the event, including details on the other speakers, see R-urban Wick.

Reuse_Wick #8 Session

Friday Night is Gig Night at Industri[us]

Following on from the success of last weeks amazing Communicators gig, we are staging another great line up of bands this weekend at Canning Town.

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We open Friday evening from 4pm with our fabulous ‘Upcyclers’ displaying and selling their beautiful products, our exhibition ‘Uplifting Choices’ showcasing the very best of upcycling and sustainable design, wonderful food stalls, the fab Dorset Cider House crew offering incredible British Ale and Cider, and not forgetting out headliner ‘The Kings of the City’ and support acts from 7.30pm.  Check out their music now on SoundCloud.

It will be free to enter the site before 7pm with a request you pay a nominal fee of £2 after this time to support our project. OAPs and children under 12 will be free at all times.

There will be more live music on Saturday evening also with gates opening at 1pm that day.

Hope to see you there!

Cockney Museum’s Great Schedule of Events

Not everyone has the honour to shake the hand of a Royal but that’s just what you can do down at the Industri[us] site this summer! Come meet the longest reigning Pearly KingGeorge Major!














Here are just some of the wonderful things on offer by the Cockney Museum when they take up residence on the Industri[us] site on Saturday July 28th at 12 pm!

  • Children’s fairground rides Chair O Plane & “Toyset”
  • Balloon Tony
  • Sean Savage – Caricature artist to the stars
  • Your chance to appear in The Cockney Museum documentary
  • Stills photographer Mobi – have your photo taken with the longest reining Pearly King
  • Original secret recipe from original Victoria era Pie n mash stall – cater to the stars backstage   www.eelhouse.co.uk
  • On site pub and other refreshments
  • Rossi Ice cream – one of if not the longest established UK ice cream manufactures
  • Meet the Worlds only authentic Pearly Kings & Queens families – only four families left in the UK
  • A walk down memory lane – precious Cockney artefacts’ and photo gallery
  • Live music from The Cockney Museum Band

Exciting times down at Canning Town

FORGET THE OLYMPICS… the real event in Newham this summer is Industri[us]

Industri[us] is a great example how people + hard work x enormous spirit and determination = amazing energy and change

With the help of our many, many wonderful supporters we are delighted to report that from July 20th we will be fully operational and looking amazing!


The brown site we were awarded in the Meanwhile London competition has been completely transformed.  Approaching Industri[us] from Canning Town Station or indeed from the Emirates Air Line Cable Car (just around the corner) you will be met with two beautifully landscaped open squares and the smell of delicious street food, courtesy of traders at Urban Feasts.

You can then marvel at the artistic talents of Rosetta Arts’ community art wall and the ROBOTS >>>> Canning Town Giant. You will be drawn to the beacon that is our Make/Shift Market and indulge in a little retail therapy, amazed at the alchemy some folks have to be able to make discarded material look so good. And all before you take the Ping Pong Challenge at our custom built pavilion.

There is something for everyone this summer at Industri[us]. Come and join in!

We’ve opened up our front garden…

… and invited a few friends to visit.

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We had a great weekend opening the site up to the public.  We cannot praise Urban Feasts‘ delicious food traders enough for all the wonderful goodies and good temper given the inclement weather, and not forgetting are marvellous upcyclers f-a-c-e who were on hand all weekend.

Groundwork UK and Serco did an amazing job getting our front garden ready for our visitors.

We greatly appreciate all the locals and those who came from further a field that came to visit. It was great to be able to point to the base of the structure that’s going to be our Make/Shift Market and venue, to get a sense of the space that will be our outdoor event space and of course admire the fantastic work Robots >>>> and Rosetta Art have done on site.

Most importantly it was great to see people enjoying the space!

Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you next week when Urban Feasts are there once more from Thursday to Sunday, see here for more details.

We will be back on site presenting the Playful Ping Pong Pavillion and the postponed Paint your City… Events on July 7th and 8th from 11am – 4pm. Admission is free, we hope to see you there.

A constructive week

Construction on the Canning Town site has been moving along at a pace this week!

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Rosetta Arts have been preparing the art wall, ready for the artists to get painting at the Festival of Upcycling pre-launch event this coming weekend.

The site hoarding is now emblazoned with INDUSTRI[US], thanks to Crona and Terence’s hard work. Anchor House have also been working on the hoarding, helping to ‘break through’ (so passers by can take a peek at what’s going on!) by constructing a mesh screen and putting up gates to make a new site entrance.

Local Newham volunteers have been very busy too – planting up many of the plants left over from the Chelsea Flower Show and laying paving in our pop-up public square.

Our Canning Town Giant has put on weight too thanks to ROBOTS>>>> – he now has a body, legs and arms and is looking forward to getting a head and hands next week!