With special shows, the plannerFORUM and the BDLA Day
In 2019, around 620 national and international exhibitors presented their latest innovations and product and project developments. With the planerFORUM, attractive special shows, informative tours and the "Marketplace", the STADT und RAUM area in Hall 7 offered trade visitors a central information and communication point for issues relating to playgrounds and public spaces.
Review of the 2019 priorities
- concepts for mobility and exercise in public spaces
- social megatrends such as demographic change
- greater levels of health awareness
- increased usage of public spaces for sport and exercise
The STADT und RAUM area in Hall 7 expressly brought together experts from the fields of landscape architecture, urban and open space planning within the framework of the plannerFORUM – firstly, by presenting individual agencies in one central marketplace area and secondly, through lectures in the plannerFORUM itself. The range of topics featured here extends from intergenerational concepts, the presentation of spaces for communication and exercise to innovative municipal sports facilities where equipment and training materials can be booked via an app, for example. Further themes of the planerForum included "The accessible district", "Exercise-oriented green spaces" or "Open School - opening the schoolyards".
Groups could book seats for specific lectures for free with STADT und RAUM and then received in-depth specialist information during tours of the special event(s). Here, individual objects were presented on a product-by-product basis – and generally supplemented by explanatory panels of information and photographs – so that trade visitors were able to test and try them out.
As part of the plannerFORUM, organised by STADT und RAUM Messe und Medien GmbH, the Federation of German Landscape Architects (BDLA, North Rhine-Westphalia branch) also organized its customary BDLA Day again in 2019. In short lectures, various member offices gave an insight into the comprehensive spectrum of activities of landscape architects. In a programme that promises to cover a wide range of subjects, trade visitors looked forward to topics including “Open-air facilities and exercise provision in municipal centres and in the residential environment”, “Towns and villages offering quality of life for all”, “Facilities for skateboarders” and much more. The presentations at the stands of the planners in the scope of the forum offered in-depth information. There were also be an opportunity to find out more about the BDLA and the many advantages of membership.
Presentation of the 2019 German SPIELRAUM prize
Another highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2019 German SPIELRAUM prize for sports grounds and play areas. Innovative projects relating to the theme of “Space for exercise” that have already been realised were evaluated and winners selected by a panel of experts. The awards ceremony was held on Friday, 8 November 2019. As in previous years, members of the expert panel gave a short congratulatory speech to introduce each individual prizewinner and recognised their achievements. Afterwards, the (usually) ten award-winning projects were presented to the specialist audience on informative roll-up displays in the form of a special exhibition. In the months that follow, all of the projects were publicised extensively in the trade journal STADT und RAUM. Information about participation in the contest , whose winners were awarded prizes valued at around Euro 21,000, is available to download here (www.fachmesse-stadt-und-raum.de/DSP.html). The contest was organised in collaboration with GALK (the Standing Conference of Municipal Parks and Gardens Directors at the Association of German Cities) and DOSB (the German Olympic Sports Confederation). The EDAD – Design for All in Germany competency network supported the work of the jury in evaluating wheelchair-friendly solutions that are designed to appeal to everyone.