Industri[us] is an initiative set up in early 2011 by Soundings’ sister company – Fluid. Centered around ‘upcycling’ and regeneration, it seeks to put vacant sites to creative interim use in advance of commercial development taking place. It was a winning entry in the Meanwhile London competition run by Property Week in partnership with the Mayors of London and Newham.
Developed in collaboration with local organisations and delivery partners, the project delivered in Canning Town provided work experience and paid training opportunities for young people and long-term unemployed. It also supported a number of existing upcycling businesses and start-ups, making and selling products from furniture and art to jewellery and fashion.
The summer of 2012 saw the Industri[us] Festival of Upcycling at Canning Town. With live bands and artists performing; designers and makers showcasing their wares; and a street food market delivered by Urban Feasts.
The project was created entirely from borrowed, used or reusable materials – from pavers from the nearby Olympics roadworks to plants, materials and whole gardens from the Chelsea Flower Show. Two temporary public squares were created, along with the street-market and a striking scaffolded pavilion to house the upcycling market and events.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for their help and support in getting this project off the ground.
For more information on Industri[us] visit the website: http://www.industri-us.org