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Review: 27th International IAKS Congress in Cologne at FSB 2021

Exciting panel discussions, lectures and expert circle meetings. The world's leading international forum on the planning, construction and operation of sports and leisure facilities once again became a hub for inspiration and innovation with its 27th edition.

IAKS Kongress at FSB

The IAKS Congress addressed key topics explaining how to develop healthy and sustainable communities. Climate challenges and ecological sustainability was at the core of the debates. Take a look back at the programme on ecological challenges and operational approaches to solutions, digitalisation and future trends. International experts from Australia, Canada and Europe gave practical insights why social sustainability is a key factor for sports and recreation facilities for All. They presented innovative models to foster new thinking in public recreation facilities.

Review: Programme IAKS Congress 2021

Tuesday, 26 October 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Addressing the global climate challenge
Presentations and discussion with the panelists
Welcome and introduction
Dr Stefan Kannewischer, IAKS President, Switzerland

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Daniela Bas, UN Director of Division for Inclusive Social Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, USA

The IOC’s sustainability achievements and future goals
Marie Sallois-Dembreville, Director Corporate and Sustainable development, International Olympic Committee, Switzerland

TAFISA Mission 2030 and its significance for Active Cities
Wolfgang Baumann, Secretary General, TAFISA, Germany
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Innovation to foster ecological sustainability
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

How master planning can be a catalyst to address climate change
Colleen McKenna, Sports+Rec Practice Leader, Principal, CannonDesign, USA

On the path to carbon neutral sports and leisure facilities: Learnings from the Olympic House in Lausanne
Lasse Lind, Partner & Head of Consultancy, 3XN Architects, Denmark
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Zeroing in on Net Zero
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Net zero energy in community recreation projects
Ted Watson, Partner, MJMA, Canada

Tackling the zero-emission game
Jo-Ann Gamble, Regional Sustainability Manager, Lendlease, Sydney, Australia

Environmental sustainability, well-being and active design at University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Building
Michael Hall, Partner, and Irina Korneychuk, Associate,FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom
6:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
2021 IOC IPC IAKS Architecture Prizes Ceremony
Awards gala with prize-giving ceremony
The IOC IAKS Award and the IPC IAKS Distinction are the most important interna-tional architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. At this Awards Gala Night, the award-win-ning facilities will be presented to the interna-tional public. Representatives from the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS will hand out the prizes in the presence of international guests. Priz-es will be presented to the award-winning building owners and architects.
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Social sustainability: Recreation facilities for All
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Promoting Active Cities Throughout Europe: The matrix for change
Jean-Francois Laurent, Junior Director, TAFISA, Germany

Concord Community Pop-Up Park
Margot Long, Principal, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, Canada

Embracing diversity: Key to inclusion in recreation facility participation
Mark Hentze, Architect, DIALOG, Canada

24/7 indoor facilities for All – Is this possible?
Holger Kortbek, Head of sports facilities at municipality of Gladsaxe, Denmark
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Innovative models to foster new thinking in recreation facilities
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Innovation in funding and developing sports and leisure facilities: The model of LOA Fonden
Ola Mattsson, Development Consultant,LOA Fonden, Denmark

The public realm and the democratization of play
Elizabeth Hand-Fry, Principal, StudioHIP, USA

Designing street sports for sustainable development
Marie Traasdahl Staal, Executive Director of Innovations and Programs, GAME, Denmark
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
IAKS General Assembly (only for IAKS members)
Thursday, 28 October 2021
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Economic challenges and operational improvements; digitalization and future trends
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

First Why? Then what? – How to maximize project impact through early decision making
Darryl Condon, Managing Principal, HCMA architecture, Canada

Business intelligence and demand analysis for shaping more informed, connected & active communities
Alex Burrows, Founder of ActiveXchange Australia and Canada, Warren Green, Managing Director, Warren Green Consulting, Australia

Digital evolution in the design and build process
Paul Gerrits, Managing Director, Pellikaan Bauunternehmen Deutschland, Germany
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The impact of Covid-19 on design and operations
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Funding challenges for both public and private projects in elite sport and grass root development
Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, United Kingdom

Covid-19 safe re-opening of venues and its legacy for design and operations
Al Baxter, Architect, Populous, Australia

Energy and mobility concept at Johan Crujiff ArenA in Amsterdam
Sander von Stiphout, Johan Crujiff ArenA, Netherlands (tbc)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arenas and sports halls: New success models
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Old sports halls – new opportunities
Casper Lindemann, Consultant, DIF, and Oliver Vanges, Development Consultant, LOA Fonden, Denmark

Designing for Esports
Charlie Fordham, Associate Principal, Populous, United Kingdom

Combining sporting, cultural and other uses at Salburua neighbourhood in Vitoria-Gasteiz
Borja Rodriguez Ramajo, City Counselor for Public Participation, Transparency and Civic Centers, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, Spain
Friday, 29 October 2021
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
The future of synthetic turf
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Challenges to the future of synthetic surfaces

Hierarchy of performance standards for synthetic turf pitches
Martin Sheppard, Managing Director, Smart Connection Consultancy, Australia

Circular Economy: How end-of-life artificial turf becomes raw material for new artificial turf systems
Dr. Cornelia Röger-Göpfert, Managing Director, Morton Extrusionstechnik, Germany

Zero waste development of synthetic turf: New materials creating circularity
Arnoud Fiolet, Managing Partner, Recreational Systems International, Netherlands
12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Ice as a tool for supporting active urban and community experiences
Presentations and discussion with the panelists

Ice as an animator of the public domain – examples from major urban centres
Conrad Boychuk, Architect, Canada

Non-traditional ice experiences – innovations in form
Viktors Jaunkalns, Partner, MJMA, Canada

Temporary installations to ice-based “placemaking”
Peter Hirvell, Managing Director, AST Eis- und Solartechnik, Austria

Impressions IAKS Congress 2021

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