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Barrie has founded and run several for-profit and non-profit urban ventures, in support of urban renewal, economic development and at times linked to real estate development. He has created, advised and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Canada and Central Europe valued at over £35m ($58m/€43m) and credited with leveraging over £0.5bn ($0.8bn/€0.6bn) of inward investment into towns and cities. His work has been featured by The New York Times, China Daily, The Sunday Times and Monocle (lifestyle magazine) and won several prominent awards, including Future Minds European Award for Innovation (2011), Grand Prix Regeneration & Renewal & RIBA CABE Public Space (2009).
Since 1986, Barrie has also produced and directed documentary television for BBC Television, Channel 4, National Geographic Channel and CNN, including documentary films on the historical story behind The King's Speech , the life of Wallis Simpson, death of rock star Michael Hutchence , interviews with Jean-Luc Godard, Alexander McQueen and Georg Baselitz and productions such as The Late Show. Current projects include a series of documentary films for BBC Television on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, presented by Andrew Roberts (historian), due for first broadcast in the UK, Fall 2014.
- 1 Wild Blue Cohort (2014-)
- 2 Jubilee Plaza, Fort McMurray (2013)
- 3 Heart of Slough II (2013)
- 4 Made in Tikhvin (2012)
- 5 Shiregreen Neighborhood Challenge (2011–2012)
- 6 The People's Supermarket (2009–2012)
- 7 Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, Wales (2008–11)
- 8 Dott07 Urban Farming, Middlesbrough (2007–2008)
- 9 The Castleford Project (2002–2008)
- 10 Power to Change (1995)
- 11 Trivia
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Wild Blue Cohort (2014-)
Jubilee Plaza, Fort McMurray (2013)
Heart of Slough II (2013)
Conceptualization of a community investment program for Slough, south-east England, linked to a large-scale, public-private urban renewal program, now commencing with delivery of a new public library.
Made in Tikhvin (2012)
Creative lead on a revitalization program for Tikhvin, Tikhvinsky District of Leningrad Oblast, directed by the Strelka Institute, Moscow, and on behalf of one of the largest privately owned investment and industrial companies in Russia.
Shiregreen Neighborhood Challenge (2011–2012)
Advisor to an initiative in Shiregreen and Brightside, Sheffield, supported by NESTA and Sanctuary Group, on new forms of community-led innovation and participation in economic development, the sharing of skills, new food enterprise and revival and reuse of property. 
The People's Supermarket (2009–2012)
Co-founder and Board Member of The People's Supermarket, a social enterprise and food cooperative grocery store inspired by the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, New York . The venture opened its first branch in London in 2010, was the subject of a TV series broadcast by Channel 4 Television  and won The Observer Ethical Award for Local Retailer, Future Minds European Award for Innovation and Cooperatives UK Best New Cooperative Enterprise.  .
Porth Teigr, Cardiff Bay, Wales (2008–11)
Advisor on citizen engagement in Butetown, Cardiff linked to the sustainable development of Porth Teigr, a major docklands site and location of the new BBC Wales Drama Village, led by igloo Regeneration (Aviva Investors) and the Welsh Assembly Government . For its sustainable development of the built environment, Porth Teigr won a 2012 Sustainable Business award from The Guardian.
Dott07 Urban Farming, Middlesbrough (2007–2008)
Creator and founder of an urban agriculture initiative in which over a thousand people grew food across the town of Middlesbrough, North East England, part of Designs of the Time. The project was designed to establish new opportunities for popular involvement in local food systems and 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 has since been repeated annually and Urban agriculture become the center piece of an £8m ($13m/€10m) healthy living program in the town , including a new horticultural training program for local people in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough.
The Castleford Project (2002–2008)
Founder of a £14.5m ($24m/€18m) program of public realm revitalization in the former coalfields town of Castleford, West Yorkshire. The initiative started with a corporate social investment of £100k ($164k/€120k) by Channel 4 Television and enabled a scheme of public space improvements in the town that have been credited with leveraging over £250m ($412m/€303m) in new investment. The project 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 initiative was broadcast as a series of TV shows on Channel 4 in 2008 - Kevin McCloud and the Big Town Plan  - and exhibited at the Design Museum. In 2009, the Project won the Grand Prix, Regeneration & Renewal Award and Royal Institute of British Architects Special Public Space Award, sister of the Stirling Prize.
Power to Change (1995)
Founder of 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.
The nephew of Cyril Bennett, who was a senior television executive at Rediffusion and London Weekend Television, Barrie graduated from York University with a degree in History and History of Art in 1986. He was the presenter of a series of programmes for young people broadcast by Channel 4 Television in 1983. 
- David Barrie Personal webpage
- Interview, European Culture Congress, Wroclaw, Poland 2011
- Appearance, 5th Perm Economic Forum, Russia, 2009
- Speech at Creative Mornings conference, London 2012
- Essay on 'Militant Optimists' and civic entrepreneurship, Hand Made, 2010
- Treehugger: Middlesbrough Urban Agriculture project, 2008
- Guardian: How's That for a Grand Design? 2005