Benedict Paul Anderson Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Benedict Paul Anderson

PhD MA Dipl
Thinkbuild Berlin

Benedict Anderson's practice spans design, architecture and public art. A long-term interest has been the reconstruction of urban environments post-destruction. He has lectured extensively and held positions in many different universities including Post-graduate Advisor, Bauhaus Dessau, Guest Prof University of Innsbruck Exhibition and Prof of Spatial Design UTS Sydney. Exhibition works include: Laboral Gijon, ARCO Art Fair Madrid Spain, Fondation Cartier Paris and Kennedy Centre Washington.


Benedict Anderson is an Australian born practitioner working in scenography, dance dramaturgy and architecture. He has designed for ballet, opera, and contemporary dance and collaborated on projects with RIPE, Good Work Productions and independent choreographers. Projects and exhibitions include En Residencia, Laboral Gijon and ARCO 05 Art Fair Madrid Spain, Millennium Centre Cardiff, Welsh National Theatre, Fondation Cartier Paris, CDC Toulouse, Festival of Arts Amman, Jordan and Beijing Arts Festival. He co-convened Mobility Visions conference for Theater der Welt Halle Germany exploring the relational themes in architecture, public space and surveillance and co-convened SEAM2009&2011 Symposiums Sydney that explore the inter-relationships of architecture, film and choreography, site specificity and city as event. Screening of his documentary and experimental films include: Panorama Film Festival, Athens, Espace Media Centre de Recontre International Monaco, Normandy Contemporary Film Festival, Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig and the Palast der Republik Berlin. He is currently engaged in creating a series of visual and performative based works set in abandoned fabric factories in Minde, Portugal for 2013.

He studied scenography at St. Martins London, won prizes for his scenographic work and academic research (MA Int. Design and Ph.D. Arch.) and acquisitions include Australian Centre for the Moving Image. He has given numerous guest lectures including BILGI University Istanbul and University of Technology Istanbul, Ghent University, TU Berlin and Lebanese American University Lebanon. He has supervised Masters and examined Ph.D. candidates and has taught in architecture, design and scenography since 1994 holding a diversity of positions including: Coordinator, EU Urbanism Program Bauhaus Dessau, Guest Professor Institut für Raumgestaltung (Spatial Design) Faculty of Architecture University of Innsbruck, Guest Doctor TU/Berlin, Lecturer RMIT and Swinburne Universities Melbourne and Program Director Spatial Design University of Hertfordshire UK. He led a design team for an urban redevelopment strategy for the UK National Highways Agency. He is former Professor and Director of the Centre for Contemporary Design Practices and Honours/ Masters programs in Interior and Spatial design, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Architecture, Urban Design, Geography, History, Archaeology, Performance Design, Dramaturgy


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 Featured Title - Buried City: Berlin and its Geography of Forgetting - 1st Edition book cover


Performance Research journal Routledge

Trümmer Geographies: Teufelsberg as a site of forgetting

Published: Jun 26, 2017 by Performance Research journal Routledge
Authors: Benedict Anderson
Subjects: Built Environment, Geography , Archaeology, Urban Studies

Using a speculative logic, the article draws on various concepts of ruination from Richard Pogue Harrison's humic foundation in burial practices, Jacques Derrida's self-ruining in self-portraiture painting, Albert Speer's theory of ruins and W.G. Sebald's self-anaesthesia to open up new possibilities of thinking around Berlin and ruination post-World War II. References are made throughout the article to a selection of black and white photographs drawn from the Berlin City Archive

Occupation: ruin, repudiation and revolution Routledge

Self-ruining and Situated Vagrancy: The Geography of Performance

Published: Jun 26, 2017 by Occupation: ruin, repudiation and revolution Routledge
Authors: Benedict Anderson
Subjects: Built Environment, Geography , History, Urban Studies

Reflecting on my experiences in Berlin’s Jewish Museum and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe brought an awareness of an emergent self-portrait within each interaction. The concepts of situated vagrancy and self-ruining are part of the indeterminacy of site and performance that contest the materialization of history through embodying that history

The Practice of Spatial Thinking

The Architectural Flaw

Published: Jun 26, 2017 by The Practice of Spatial Thinking
Authors: Benedict Anderson
Subjects: Built Environment, History, Urban Studies

The chapter focuses on three sites in the German cities of Berlin and Dresden that expressed varying relationships connecting history and the rebuilding of their urban spaces. The study carried out 65 years after these sites destruction during the Allied air war on Germany in WW2 (1943-45) detailed the complex issues surround- ing destruction, reconstruction, and history

Performance Research journal Routledge

OUT OF SPACE: the rise of vagrancy in scenography

Published: Jun 26, 2017 by Performance Research journal Routledge
Authors: Benedict Anderson
Subjects: Theater

When performance vacated the interior of the theatre to work with site - factory, shop, square, street, landscape - it not only shifted the practice of scenography, it left us to ask the following: do we construct the experiencing of scenography and performance through the conventions of the theatre that is performer/spectator, seen/unseen, sensed/felt, light/darkness, stasis/movement, silence/sound and imagined/real?

Unconventional Computing - Design Methods for Adaptive Architecture

Wearing your air - an architecture for unstable environments

Published: Jun 26, 2017 by Unconventional Computing - Design Methods for Adaptive Architecture
Authors: Benedict Anderson, Nancy Diniz
Subjects: Built Environment, Environment and Sustainability, Urban Studies

The article proposes the ‘actioning’ for better air quality through individuals’ capacity to read and render the quality of the air they breathe. Configured as body extensions the ‘Breathe’ project is based on producing prototype architectures for the visualization of air quality via wearable mobile devices that establish an interface between people and air allowing them to become informers, renderers, and surveyors of air pollution.


The City in Geography

By: Benedict Paul Anderson
Subjects: Built Environment, Geography , Urban Planning

Presently writing a new book titled: The City in Geography which discusses the rise of the settlement to city in contestation with geography. In the age of the Anthropocene, the shock and speed in which geography is negated by urban dwellers belie a schizophrenic condition, withdrawal and hallucinogenic reality to the world. The book calls for a reconnection to loss terrains and topographies by ploughing geography back into the metropolis. Drawing on urbanism, architecture and the book calls for the emergence of a biomorphic vision via walking geography to formulate a radicalised nature and human-psyche for the future of the city.

Published by Routledge - due for release June 2018