Barnaby Bennett is a designer, researcher, publisher, and activist.
As a designer, he has been involved with everything from small temporary post-disaster projects to digital modelling on the UNESCO world heritage project Sagrada Familia. As a researcher, he has had multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed articles published, on subjects around temporary urbanism, pedagogy, and life projects. In 2007 he co-founded a publishing company called Freerange Press that has published over 30 books and journals on topics associated with design, the city, and politics. Barnaby has been involved with a range of activist campaigns included support for a community-led rebuild in post-quake Christchurch, the successful campaign to repair the Christchurch Town Hall, the establishment of the worlds first Festival of Transitional Architecture, and more recently in Sydney with the city’s peak pro-walking advocacy group WalkSydney.
In 2005 Barnaby graduated with first class honours in his Architecture degree and over the past twelve years Barnaby has taught theory and design across landscape architecture, architecture and design at universities in Australia and New Zealand and has been widely published in both academic and popular mediums including in Volume, Architecture New Zealand, Landscape Architecture Australia, Journal of Public Space, Architecture Review (Australia), Foreground, Scroope (Cambridge University), and Making Christchurch.
Barnaby Ph.D thesis is titled ‘The political lives of temporary projects: infrastructure and participatory urbanism in post-earthquake Christchurch‘ and examines the political agency of temporary projects in relation to both short and long term infrastructural issues in Christchurch.
Barnaby also has a history of involvement with festivals and event organisation including creative and arts direction roles on the Wellington International Jazz Festival, Cuba Street Carnival, and Newtown Festival, and the Student Architecture Congress. Barnaby was the creative director of the Festival of Transitional Architecture in Christchurch in October 2018.
Barnaby is currently co-director of Freerange Press. As part of this he is leading the publication of final freerange journal titled: Everything is temporary, and working on a third and final book about post-quake Christchurch. He has also been invited to contribute to the Seoul Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism. Barnaby is based in Sydney and currently looking for full time work.