The results from COP26 in Glasgow point to the importance of polycentric governance mobilising multiple actors at different levels simultaneously in green transitions of our societies.
All around the globe, many city actors are confronted with an increasing influx of inhabitants and rising sea levels and floodings. Thus, there is a growing demand for affordable housing and climate adaptation projects.
In the city of Copenhagen, these challenges have led to a political proposition of generating a new neighbourhood. Lynetteholmen, with landfill from the building of the Metro line, and as a way of climate adaptation. Lynetteholmen is expected to stand as a new neighbourhood in 70 years from today. The plan has led to a huge public debate, and it is criticised for lacking a transparent public involvement. As in many urban development projects with a long-time span, it is contested who are the relevant stakeholders to involve?
The question that we want to address in this lab is how do we involve perspectives from the future generations that have to live with the results of our decisions? And how do we balance between different considerations and public values?
By og Havn, the public company to develop the harbour, has just launched a citizen-assembly to investigate what perspectives are of relevance when designing a new neighbourhood that will impact not only the environment under the sea but also the environment of the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Through a facilitated process, participants will be encouraged to reflect on how to mobilise relevant actors in defining problems as well as in finding solutions in future urban development projects.
Furthermore, we will debate how to navigate between contradicting aspirations, as finding spaces for affordable housing, at the same time as we preserve as much of the green spaces that we have (e.g. Amager Fælled).
The event is facilitated by Annika Agger, associate professor specialised in public participation.
Curated by Roskilde University