Urban Knights is a programme of events, which provokes and promotes practical approaches to urban governance and city living.
The programme brings together people (designers, architects, activists, artists, lawyers, city councillors, researchers, urban planners) who are actively producing alternatives to our given city infrastructures, norms and perceptions.
Taking the view that contemporary cities are increasingly becoming like a black box, whereby the transfer characteristics (i.e., the input/output) maybe known or visible but the internal workings and influences upon these characteristics are unknown. Urban Knights focuses through discussion and debate how revealing the characteristics, which define urban governance can help us re-imagine existing alternatives, as well as new possibilities.
Established in 2013, to date events have taken place in Dublin, Bristol, Berlin, Vienna and Aberdeen. with over 80+ participants from across the globe sharing their views and practices.
Speakers and supporters: 2017: Jane Stephenson, ginger coons, Martin Fodor, Colin Self, Johannes Paul Raether, Jen Stein, Chris Price, Susan Ploetz. Partners: Spike Island, DCRC, Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol and studio 34A, Berlin. 2016: Florian Alexander Schmidt, André Gonçalves, Kerem Halbrecht, Keith Spiller, Heather Morgan, Johannes Novy, Graeme Hogg, Andrew Kelly, Doreen Toutikian, Nana Rebhan, Katharina Beckmann, Kelly Wyse. Supporters: Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 in partnership with Seventeen Gallery and Peacock Visual Arts. Partners: Pervasive Media Studio Bristol and Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC). 2015: Caleb Kelly, Zora Schärer Kalkandjiev, Daisuke Ishida, Tatu Rönkkö, Mami Yamasaki, Alona Rodeh, Daniel Augustine, Nils Zurawski, Kate Rich, Seamus Nolan, Yara Pascale Fuessel, Something Fantastic, Fiona Hallinam, Carolina García Cataño. Supporters: Irish Embassy, Berlin. Partners: Studio 34A. 2014: Jaromil, Jürgen Neumann, Emer Coleman, Danja Vasiliev, Theodore Ullrich, Valentia Karga, Shriya Malhotra, Bastian Lange, Michelle Teran, Rosario Talevi, G Beaudin, Padarocks, Hans Bernhard, Theresa Schütz. Partners: Studio Weise7, RIAT and Urbanzie! 2013: Dominic Byrne, Nicolas Henninger, Niall Harbison, Ré Dubhthaigh, Sven Anderson, Richard Seabrooke, Dick Gleeson, Mike Brennan, Sebastian Muellauer, Andrew Douglas, Greg Keeffe, John Lynch, Roy O’Donnell, David Cuartielles, Carsten Stabenow, George Boyle, Deirdre Ni Raghallaigh, Daniel Gray. Partners BetaHaus, Berlin.
Urban Knights was originally established in 2013 at The Science Gallery, Dublin with assistance from The Studio, Dublin City Council and PLACES, a Framework 7 project by the European Commission.