Urban transitions as NAVIGATIONAL GOVERNANCE. The habourbath case. THE TRADITIONAL TALE: TRANSITION GOVERNANCE AGAINST THE HOSTILE REGIME. - The sustainability challenge is linked to the way societal functions are provided by socio-technical regimes
The habourbath case
- The sustainability challenge is linked to the way societal functions are provided by socio-technical regimes
- regimes are socio-technical ‘ecologies’ organized by ‘rules’ and ‘rule-sets’.
A regime is the the outcome of situated actors’ myopic ordering activities. These ordering activities operate on different temporal and spatial scales and according to different ‘rhythms’.
Myopic ordering activities translate into regime arrangements characterized by tensions and ambiguities about boundaries
Ordering activities are not about static reproduction. These are reflexive and political activities aiming to interpret, control or exploit tensions and contradictions among loosely coupled regime arrangements.
Navigational governance is about supporting transformational change by engaging with these myopic and regime endogenous ordering activities.
Navigational Governance engages with specific ordering activities (e.g. a project, and experiment, a new type of regulation)
Navigational Governance is about a transitional re-framing of the relation between this specific ordering activity and its socio-technical contexts through partial and pragmatic interpretations (rather than shared, long-sigthed and integrated visions)
Navigational Governance should have an immediate strategic relevance to the specific ordering activity (e.g. how to cope with a specific controversy, how to create new alliances, how to attract new resources)
Navigational Governance navigate though re-interpretations that contineously seek to react and exploit emerging contradictions and ambiguities of the socio-technical context.
In 2002 the firstharbourbathwasopened in the innerharbour of Copenhagen…
The harbour bath has enacted a new set of ’hard’ associations between the water regime and the urban context:
The harbour bath has displaced the boundaries and transformed the objectives of the water regime:
Water and the northharbourdevelopment
The harbourbath is not the strategicproduct of:
An urban water recipient plan motivated by an environmental concern for the water quality is developed
The definition of recreational water quality as bathing water quality
A recreational concept for the harbor: the ‘harbor aquarium’
The harbour bath as a political project
The construction of the harbour bath (below on mio euro) is difficult to finance because it requires direct tax funding.
The left-wing party of the environmental mayor get the funding for the harbour bath in return for supporting an overall budget agreement