The sports and leisure sector has been impacted massively by Covid-19, while we also need to respond to the challenge of climate change. Social, ecological and economical sustainability needs to be addressed in an integral way. Grass root and elite sport will face funding challenges for both public and private projects, as governments world-wide search for ways to recover from the pandemic.
Moderator:Tom Jones, IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom
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 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes sport as an important enabler of sustainable development. In her keynote presentation, Daniela will explore the growing contribution of sport to the realization of development and peace, highlighting the important role that UNDESA and the UN system are playing to advance this, including through analytical work and capacity development.
The IOC’s sustainability achievements and future goals
Marie Sallois-Dembreville, Director Corporate and Sustainable development, International Olympic Committee, Switzerland
Olympic Agenda 2020+5 was launched in 2020 as the continuation of Olympic Agenda 2020, the Olympic Movement’sstrategic roadmap initiated in 2015. In her keynote speech Marie will highlight some of the key achievements of OA2020, explain the strategic positioning of sustainability, climate action, biodiversity and circular economyas part of Olympic Agenda 2020+5 and how sustainable sport facilities can contribute to them.
TAFISA Mission 2030 and its Significance for Active Cities
Wolfgang Baumann, Secretary General, TAFISA, Germany
The world is facing challenges and threats on a diverse scale never seen before – from climate change to civil unrest, non-communicable diseases, isolation, oppression, terrorism and even the threat of nuclear war with the Covid-19 pandemic on top of the list. These issues are universal problems. Without immediate and effective action, generations to come will not enjoy the world as we know it.
One of TAFISA Mission 2030 themes is “Active Cities” that have a key role and responsibility to promote physical activity in all places where people live, work, learn and play and can thus make more people physical active. Sport for All has the power to make a change and to contribute to solving the world’s problems like little else can.
Moderator:Tom Jones, IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom
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
How master planning can be a catalyst to address climate change
Colleen McKenna, Sports + Rec Practice Leader, Principal, CannonDesign, USA
Long-term master planning and creative design solutions can play a critical role in addressing climate change. New standards and alternative strategies that intentionally make room for water are emerging as sea levels continue to rise and place more demand on existing infrastructure. Outdoor recreation has the potential to be a significant contributor to mitigating the impact on future generations.
Moderator:Tom Jones, IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom
Net zero energy in community recreation projects
Ted Watson, Partner, MJMA, Canada
Community Recreation projects have an even more difficult time in achieving net-zero emission goals due the high energy process loads inherit in their programming particularly like aquatic and ice components. This session will focus on two Ontario projects. We will unpack the strategies to achieve net-zero energy and the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of these processes.
Learning objectives include on how to successfully structure a net-zero process, to understand the various design strategies, and to get to know software applications and cost analysis tools.
Tackling the zero-emission game
Jo-Ann Gamble, Regional Sustainability Manager, Lendlease, Sydney, Australia
The game-plan for building one of the most sustainable stadiums in the heart of Sydney, Australia was to get the best team and hit two big goals - LEED v4 Gold and to reduce embodied carbon by 30%. Bankwest Stadium is just one of many projects where Lendlease has tackled reducing embodied or upfront carbon in its Mission Zero campaign - to reduce their carbon emissions to absolute zero by 2040. It is a challenge that we all have to face as we seek to decarbonise our planet. Jo-Ann will be sharing some of the actions Lendlease has been taking to try to score the ultimate sustainability goal of zero emissions.
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
Sport and leisure buildings are typically high consumers of energy. It is critical that we drive down this consumption whilst pursuing a wider sense of wellbeing in our built environment. A number of case studies will be presented to explore how embodied and operational carbon can be reduced by challenging traditional practices, including the University of Portsmouth Sports Facility in the UK which targets the lowest possible carbon footprint and in-use energy consumption.
The IOC IAKS Award and the IPC IAKS Distinction are the most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational facilities. At this Awards Gala Night, the award-winning facilities will be presented to the international public. Representatives from the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS will hand out the prizes in the presence of international guests. Prizes will be presented to the award-winning building owners and architects.
The matrix for change was created to assist and guide local authorities who are curious about starting their journey to becoming an Active City, but who are not sure how to get started. The matrix is an interactive tool, user-friendly and based on a check-box system.
As the need for park space increases in our growing urban centres, opportunities exist to utilize vacant land for cost effective, quick start projects to accommodate immediate demand for open space. Concord Community pop-up park represents one such quick-start project that combined the efforts of both public and private partners to rapidly deliver a vibrant urban park that provides naturalized green space, recreational amenities, and places for social gathering.
24/7 indoor facilities for All – Is this possible?
Holger Kortbek, Head of sports facilities at municipality of Gladsaxe, Denmark
Public use, of outdoor facilities, is a natural service to our citizens all over the world. Can we bring this service into indoor facilities, and make a 24/7 offer of admittance to indoor sport facilities for self or unorganized guests? How can digital solutions take over from staff and what are the benefits and problems we can meet working with such a set up.
Embracing diversity: Key to inclusion in recreation facility participation
Mark Hentze, Architect, DIALOG, Canada
How to encourage sport and recreation facility designers, and operators to embrace diversity in order to better create inclusive opportunity within recreation infrastructure? The presentation will demonstrate examples and philosophies that create opportunities for inclusion. The session will provide examples of design strategies, technologies and operational philosophies that can make your facility more welcoming. The concept of “Dignity for All” is a core concept in the design and operation of recreation facilities.
Innovative models to foster new thinking in recreation facilities
Moderator:Michael Hall, Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom
Innovation in funding and developing sports and leisure facilities: The model of LOA fonden
Ola Mattson, Development Consultant, LOA fonden, Denmark
Throughout the Scandinavian countries, public policies and institutions secure funding for sport and culture facilities and thus result in a large number of sport facilities per capita in the world. The design and architecture of these facilities are based on concepts developed in the early 1960s, promoting standardized, mono-functional facilities built for competition. Today’s design needs innovation. The role of the funding agent is crucial and there is the need for revising constituting policies and systems.
The public realm and the democratization of play
Elizabeth Hand-Fry, Principal, Studio HIP, USA
New York City’s public school system is the largest and one of the most diverse school districts in the country, serving 1.1 million students, many of whom are disproportionately low-income with little access to close-to-home parks. Through a 3-month, hands-on participatory design process, the NYC Playgrounds Program enables a wide diversity of students to be the designers of their new playground. Our specialized curriculum introduces the students to the principles of landscape architecture and the important benefits of incorporating green initiatives into their new community park. The users of the playground become the designers of the playground which not only ensures the playground will be well loved, but it also builds great pride and stewardship. The result, often built in about a year, transforms an asphalt schoolyard into a quality, vibrant and healthy new park where the community can grow together.
Designing street sports for sustainable development
Marie Traasdahl Staal, Executive Director of Innovations and Programs, GAME, Denmark
The Danish Street Sports NGO GAME is working systematically with participatory design to co-create their sports for sustainable development method with kids, youth and stakeholders in Europe, MENA and Africa. The presentation will give an insight into GAME’s five principles for participatory design, and will unfold concrete examples. The participatory design approach helps to create equal participation in sports for girls and boys. Youth-led design-based interventions have resulted in increased access to public spaces for sports in Lebanon.
Too often, projects move ahead without clear goals and without considering the full needs of a community. This session will explore how to increase the effectiveness of sports and recreation facilities through early goal setting and engagement with all project stakeholders. It presents an expanded vision of project impacts and strategies for achieving them.
Business intelligence and demand analysis for shaping more informed, connected & active communities
Alex Burrows, Founder of ActiveXchange Australasia and Canada,
Warren Green, Managing Director, Warren Green Consulting, Australia
Exploring the more advanced approach behind how infrastructure is now being strategically planned, funded and subsequently operated across Australasia. This includes how actual infrastructure performance and usage data is drawn from a live network of hundreds of venues, creating more precise lines of sight on the likely outcomes and social value impacts of different options. Alongside several recent case studies, Alex and Warren will share the principles of the approach, which can be adopted and applied in other locations globally.
Digital evolution in the design and build process
Paul Gerrits, Managing Director, Pellikaan Bauunternehmen Deutschland, Germany
All too often deadlines are not met, construction costs exceed predetermined budgets. Is it not known in advance what will be built? Do we not know what materials are to be delivered and when? How does a client gain earlier insight into what he is buying? Digitization can contribute as an answer to this. How to make the step from digitization to digital transformation.
Examples from the practice of a Design and Build contractor.
Moderator: Javier Dávila de Eusebio, Project Director, IDOM, Spain
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
Post the Covid pandemic the need for investment in sport and physical activity to improve public health (physical and mental) has never been greater. However in the UK and no doubt other countries, the economic impact caused by the pandemic and the subsequent strain on public funding is resulting in a reduction in the funding of these vital services. Do we need to look afresh at how sport and leisure facilities are funded, delivered and managed? This session will explore new models which include a greater emphasis on the role of the private sector and more effective multi sector collaboration.
Covid-19 safe re-opening of venues and its legacy for design and operations
Al Baxter, Architect, Populous, Australia
Covid-19 significantly changed the way live sport events operated globally in 2020 (and continuing in 2021). One of the first sports competitions in the world to allow spectators back was the National Rugby League (NRL) in Australia. This talk will look at the ways in which Populous assisted the venue operators in Australia change the way they operated their stadiums to safely allow spectators back to NRL games. Similarly, it will discuss the areas of change that will remain as a legacy to the design and operations of stadia beyond Covid-19.
Moderator:Harald Fux, Architect, CEO of Raumkunst Sportarchitektur, Austria
Old sports halls – new opportunities
Casper Lindemann, Consultant, DIF, and Oliver Vanges, Development Consultant, LOA Fonden, Denmark
A project that will develop, test and show how to rebuild and transform old sports halls. Showing illustrations, architectural drawings and photos of five sports halls. The panellists have worked on a broad user involving process with a focus on proposals for how sports halls can be inspiring and more functional for both school pedagogy and sports club activities. The projects include a course for the school teachers on how to make optimal use of the new facilities in a teaching context.
Designing for Esports
Charlie Fordham, Associate Principal, Populous, United Kingdom
An introduction to Esports, their growth, popularity and accessibility. With an overview of how these events have been accommodated in existing arenas and venues and the opportunities for bespoke designed facilities to cater for this emerging sector.
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 Javier Dávila de Eusebio, Project Director, IDOM, Spain
Salburua’s Community Centre is a fully multifunctional building that has become the heart of this neighbourhood of the capital city of the Basque Country. Working as a piece of a city-wide network, the users enjoy a balanced mix of public sports and services: multi-sports hall, swimming pool, gym, and climbing wall together with library, internet room, children playroom, workshops and an expo room, among other services. Built in 2015, the operation of this building is a clear example of successful and effective public services management on Sports, Leisure and Public services combined together.
Moderator: Florian Szeywerth, Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities, Austria
Challenges to the future of synthetic turf surfaces
Bjorn Aas, Center for Sports Facilities & Technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
The synthetic turf market is among the fastest growing segments of the global sports facilities market. With football, rugby and American football as the main drivers, more sports and activities are calling for access, with more or less specific demands with respect to surface properties, field size etc. With an increasing attention to sustainable society development, this market segment is not an exception. Question is how to implement global codes for product design, system design as well as operation and maintenance applicable for regions where such systems have been on the market for 30-40 years and at the same time within reach for new market with less experience in procurement, construction and operation. How to combine users preferences, sports federation’s regulations and economics as well as ecological sustainability?
Hierarchy of performance standards for synthetic turf pitches
Martin Sheppard, Managing Director, Smart Connection Consultancy, Australia
The International Federations' (IF) synthetic field performance standards should be seen as the start of the defining process to ensure that the fields being procured are fit for purpose and not assume that their standards are correct for every project across the globe. By understanding the outcome of any individual project, the IF standards, the quality of the subsurface and the local construction techniques will allow you identify performance standards should be considered for each type of project. This presentation will explore the core standards that need to be considered, together with the aspirational standards (above and below the ground) linked affordability, life expectancy, site considerations, and usability, providing a simple a hierarchy of standards.
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
In the next ten years over 20.000 artificial turf systems in Europe need to be replaced. This creates over two million tons of plastic waste. Today this plastic waste from the old artificial turf systems is incinerated to generate energy, or is ending “half legal” on landfills. Burning this waste will emit about five million tons of CO₂. The presentation will show alternative solutions to use this waste as raw material source for new artificial turf systems.
Zero waste development of synthetic turf: New materials creating circularity
Arnoud Fiolet, Managing Partner, Recreational Systems International, Netherlands
This session will show latest trends including waste management protocols, an innovation initiative by the Dutch government, new artificial turf material allowing artificial turf to be re-used in artificial turf. Methods to overcome the obstacles of down-cycling, burning, landfill technologies will be explained. New business - financial models enter the artificial turf industry.
Ice as a tool for supporting active urban and community experiences
Moderator: Harald Fux, Architect, CEO of Raumkunst Sportarchitektur, Austria
The future ist now! Autopilot Markus Kofler, CTO, WM ice technics, Italy
Ice as an animator of the public domain – examples from major urban centres
Conrad Boychuk, Architect, Canada
This presentation will provide historic and current examples of the development of ice surfaces in major urban centres. The North American, Asian and European approaches illustrate different strategies but with the same goal of animating urban cores with unique seasonal, multi-generational experience. The IAKS has provided numerous examples of enhancing urban centres and this presentation extends that ongoing development to a year-round experience.
Non-traditional ice experiences – innovations in form
Ted Watson, Partner, MJMA, Canada
Temporary installations to ice-based “placemaking”
Peter Hirvell, Managing Director, AST Eis- und Solartechnik, Austria
Successful urban ice rinks do not only offer skating. To become a “place” or temporary “hot spot” , it is important that visitors can experience a variety of social activities that extend their stay at the location, giving them a reason to visit again and to spread the word about the ice rink. The experiences and activities must be attractive to visitors and ideally generate sustainable income for the operator. This presentation introduces how such activities can be integrated in urban ice rinks and highlights successful examples from well established urban ice rinks that even if they are mobile installations, they have become more or less permanent hot spots in their respective cities.