FSB 2017:Supporting programme focusing on "Amenity Areas" presents solutions for the people and spaces of tomorrow

In less than ten weeks' time, FSB, the International Trade Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities, will get underway, which turns Cologne into the worldwide centre for sports, playground and pool facilities and amenity areas. From 7 to 10 November 2017, around 650 exhibitors from more than 45 countries will have their current new launches, product and project developments on show. Clearly organised into the segments amenity areas/playground equipment, sports facilities and public pool facilities, the trade fair provides visitors with a complete overview of all industry-relevant products and contents. Parallel to the exhibitor presentations, FSB also convinces with a compact supporting programme in all fields. In addition to "Sport infrastructure" and "Exercise-motivating infrastructure", the central theme lies on the focus "Amenity Areas". The leisure time behaviour of people is changing, demographic change continues unabated and calls for greater accessibility are growing louder. FSB is picking up on these developments and brings the important players together: Suppliers of playground equipment, outdoor fitness equipment, playground design, landscape architecture, urban furniture, urban planning, and lighting architecture for outdoor spaces, meet up with the decision makers within municipalities, politics and planning.

Amenity Areas
People and spaces on the path to tomorrow: The collaboration between FSB and STADTundRAUM will be presenting the planerFORUM, workshops, congress themes, and a special event focused on current topics such as mobility, urban planning and development, local interventions and the development of urban neighbourhoods, as well as issues such as multigenerational communities, accessibility and areas for exercise and recreation.

The German Association of Landscape Architects (BDLA) is organising a BDLA Day for the second time at FSB 2017 in the scope of the planerFORUM organised by STADTundRAUM Messe & Medien GmbH - so it is already a good tradition. In short lectures, various member offices will give an insight into the comprehensive spectrum of activities of landscape architects. For example, the lectures are about outdoor facilities in special places, exercising in a big housing estate, liveable towns for everyone, offers for skaters and much more. The stands of the planners in the scope of the forum offer in-depth information. BDLA Day in the scope of the FSB/planerFORUM, 9.11.2017, Hall 7, Koelnmesse.

Further themes of the planerForum include "The accessible district", "Exercise-oriented green spaces" or "Open School - opening the schoolyards".

In 2017, the German amenities prize will be awarded already for the twelfth time by STADTundRAUM Messe & Medien GmbH in association with GALK (Deutsche Gartenamtsleiterkonferenz/Directors of the German Municipal Gardens and Parks Conference) at the Deutscher Städtetag (DST/Association of German Cities and Towns) and the Deutscher Olympischer SportBund (DOSB/German Olympic Sports Confederation). This year an expert jury will assess and distinguish exemplary playgrounds with a model approach under the motto "Themed playgrounds". These playgrounds should already be in the planning and design stage and should primarily be realised in line with a specific theme. The award ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, 10 November 2017, in the Congress Centre North, Rheinsaal. Participation in the award ceremony is by invitation only.

The trade fair presence of the BSFH, (Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- & Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller e.V./Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers) at FSB 2017 in Cologne is completely dominated by the motto "The playground is becoming a place of exercise". This socially-relevant theme kicks off at FSB 2017 with a BSFH stand in the form of a "playground" and on two days of the fair a lecture and workshop programme is being held - conducted by the BSFH, the trade magazine "Playground & Landscape" and Koelnmesse. The topic is especially relevant for several reasons: firstly, the school hours and the types of schools have changed significantly in Germany over the past ten years, and children now spend much more time at school. Secondly, in Cologne as in many cities across Germany, there will be an increase in demand for new schools in coming years, as well as for renovations of existing establishments. Cologne expects an influx of approximately 250,000 people into the city over the next ten years. Early action therefore needs to be taken to plan and organise an education and physical activity infrastructure that guarantees suitable provision of education, integration and physical activity with a play and sports offering. An important aspect of this planning is ensuring that schoolchildren spend their breaks and free periods at school in a meaningful and active way. The workshop is scheduled to take place on 8 and 9 November 2017.

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FSB 2017: Supporting programme focusing on "Amenity Areas" presents solutions for the people and spaces of tomorrow

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