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27th IAKS Congress programme

Developing healthy and sustainable communities

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.

27th IAKS Congress programme

(in a nutshell)

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Addressing the global climate challenge

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, Switzerland

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

TAFISA’s Global Active City programme
Wolfgang Baumann, Secretary General, TAFISA, Germany

Innovation to foster ecological sustainability

Moderator: Tom Jones, IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom

NEOM: A network of top-tier community sports zones in urban, beach and mountain locations open to everyone
Jan Paterson, Managing Director Sport, Neom, Saudi-Arabia

How can master planning and design respond to extreme weathers caused by climate change?

On the path to carbon neutral sports and leisure facilities: Learnings from the Olympic House in Lausanne
Jan Ammundsen, Senior Partner & Head of Design, 3XN Architects, Denmark

Zeroing in on Net Zero

Moderator: Tom Jones, IAKS Vice President, United Kingdom

How to reduce embodied carbon by environmentally sustainable design
N.N., Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia (tbc)


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

Environmental sustainability, well-being and active design at University of Portsmouth Ravelin Sports Building
Michael Hall, Partner, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom

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 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.

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Social sustainability: Recreation facilities for All

Moderator: Conrad Boychuk, Architect, New Westminster, Canada

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

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.

Concord Community Pop-Up Park
Derek Lee, PWL Partnership Landscape Architects, Canada

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

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.

Innovative models to foster new thinking in recreation facilities

Moderator: Conrad Boychuk, Architect, New Westminster, Canada

Innovation in funding and developing sports and leisure facilities: The model of LOA fonden
Ola Mattson, LOA fonden, Denmark

Designing street sports for sustainable development
Marie Traasdahl Staal, GAME, Denmark

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

IAKS General Assembly (only for IAKS members)

IAKS General Assembly (only for IAKS members)

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Economic challenges and operational improvements; digitalization and future trends

Moderator: tbd

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

Business intelligence and demand analysis for shaping more informed, connected & active communities (incl. case study)
Alex Burrows, Founder of ActiveXchange Australasia and Canada,
Warren Green, Managing Director, Warren Green Consulting, Australia

This session explores 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, and coupled with a central data science team is creating more precise lines of sight on the likely outcomes and social value impacts of different options. This means better decisions happen faster. The ActiveXchange 'Investment Planning Model’ has been used on over 100 capital expenditure projects over the last 2 years, across Australasia and recently also Canada, ranging from $500k suburban gyms to $100m+ leisure and aquatic centres. Alongside several recent case studies, Alex Burrows and Warren Green 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, Pellikaan Bauunternehmen Deutschland, Germany

The impact of Covid-19 on design and operations

Moderator: tbd

Funding challenges for both public and private projects in elite sport and grass root development
Shaun Dawson, 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

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.”

Experiences from the Tokyo 2021 Games
N. N., Tokyo 2021 OCOG

Arenas and sports halls: New success models

Moderator: tbd

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

Rapid development of Esports and Esports arenas: New and unique design characters reflect the nature of “gaming”
Rhys Courtney, Senior Principal, Populous, United Kingdom (tbc)

Combining sporting, cultural and other uses

Friday, 29 October 2021

The future of synthetic turf

Moderator: tbd

Hierarchy of performance standards for synthetic turf pitches

Challenges to the future of synthetic surfaces

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

Zero waste development of synthetic turf: New materials creating circularity
Arnoud Fiolet, Recreational Systems International, Netherlands

Ice as a tool for supporting active urban and community experiences

Moderator: Mark Hentze, Architect, Canada

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, MJMA, Canada

Temporary installations to ice-based “placemaking”

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