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David Barrie (born 5 April 1964) is a designer, producer and director of urban renewal, citizen involvement and media projects and programs.

Barrie's background is in producing and directing television programs for broadcasters including the BBC, Channel 4, National Geographic, and CNN. His credits include documentary films on subjects like the death of rock star Michael Hutchence, New York and London Fashion Weeks, the rise of the National Front (France) and interviews with Jean-Luc Godard, Georg Baselitz and Victoria Beckham. In 2000, Barrie was arrested and imprisoned by President Charles Taylor (Liberia) while making a documentary in the country with journalist Sorious Samura.[1][2][3]

Public projects include:


The People's Supermarket (2009-)

A new social enterprise, a cooperative grocery store inspired by the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, New York. The first branch is to open in 2010 in London and will be the subject of a series of major prime-time TV shows, broadcast by Channel 4 Television. The initiative is designed to be a model for the adaptive reuse of vacant Main Street retail units.

Creative Cities, Moscow (2008-)

An urban program that involves residents, developers and officials in Moscow in activities linked to urban renewal, social entrepreneurship and the development of creative industries. Project partners include the British Council and C:CA / Center of Contemporary Architecture. The initiative features corporate social innovation, neighborhood renewal and e-Participation and is designed to become a platform for the development of the social economy of the city.

Roath Basin, Cardiff Bay, Wales/Digital Butetown (2008-)

A program of citizen involvement in Cardiff Bay linked to the sustainable development and creative use of a major docklands site. The initiative includes Digital Butetown, a hyperlocal online media program, directed to enable the formation and growth of online social networks in the area as a means of increasing the sharing of local knowledge.

Dott07 Urban Farming, Middlesbrough (2007)

An urban agriculture initiative in which over a thousand people grew food across the town of Middlesbrough, North East England. The project was designed to establish new opportunities for urban agriculture and sustainable local food supply in urban planning. Food was grown in over 200 locations. The final harvest formed the ingredients of a 'town meal' attended by over 8000 people, curated by artist Patrick Brill. The project was repeated in 2008 and 2009 and Urban agriculture has become the center piece of a new £8m ($12m) healthy living program in the town.

The Wishing Tree Project, Chongqing (2007)

A community involvement project in the municipality of Chongqing, south-west China, led by the British Council and the Chongqing Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, centered on enabling public participation in civil affairs in China.

The Castleford Project (2002 - 2008)

A £14.5m ($30m) program of public realm revitalization in the former coalfields town of Castleford, West Yorkshire. It started with a corporate social investment of £100k ($200k) by Channel 4 Television in 2003. The project enabled a scheme of improvements that has been credited with leveraging £250m ($500m) in new investment in the town.[4] It featured new work by architects and artists, including Martha Schwartz (USA), Jan Gehl Architects (Denmark), Winter and Horbelt (Germany), Carlos Garaicoa (Cuba), and UK designers Renato Benedetti, DSDHA and Sarah Wigglesworth. The project was broadcast as a series of TV shows on Channel 4 in 2008 - Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan - exhibited at the Design Museum and won the Grand Prix, Regeneration & Renewal Awards and Royal Institute of British Architects Special Public Space Award 2009.

Power to Change (1995)

An art and design initiative on the adaptive reuse of the decommissioning Magnox nuclear power facility at Trawsfynydd, in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales. The project featured new work by architects Will Alsop, Kathryn Findlay and James Wines, artist Bruce McLean, music composer Gavin Bryars, photographer John Davies and engineers Arup. It included the participation of artist Rachel Whiteread, architect Cedric Price and was broadcast by BBC Television. The project was published as a book and exhibited at the National Museum Cardiff and Royal Institute of British Architects, designed by Project Orange.

The Spaghetti Junction Project (1990)

A design ideas initiative on the adaptive reuse of vacant wasteland beneath the cloverleaf highway interchange in the West Midlands, UK known as Spaghetti Junction. The project was televised by the BBC and featured new work by architects Edward Cullinan, Robert Adam, landscape architect Pirkko Higson and NATO designer Melanie Sainsbury.


Barrie is nephew of the late Cyril Bennett, the former Controller of Programmes and one of the founding fathers of London Weekend Television, the UK broadcaster and TV producer.

He was the presenter of a series of programmes for young people broadcast by Channel 4 Television in 1983.

A documentary Barrie made in 1998 on competition hairdressing was a key inspiration for the movie Blow Dry.


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