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26th IAKS Congress programme

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Developing active cities: Global strategies and initiatives

The first congress session is devoted to international, national and local initiatives from around the globe. Experts will present global strategies and planning models to make cities better places for active living.

Moderator: Tom Jones, Senior Principal, Populous, United Kingdom

Introduction: Dr Stefan Kannewischer, IAKS President, Switzerland

IOC strategy on sustainable development

Michelle Lemaître, Head of Sustainability, International Olympic Committee,

The Global Active City Label and the Active Well-Being Initiative

Wolfgang Baumann, Secretary General, TAFISA (The Association For International
Sport for All), Germany

Development of sports and leisure facilities in the United Kingdom

Charles Johnston, Director of Property, Sport England, United Kingdom

Global active cities: Best practices

The afternoon will see presentations from municipalities that have undertaken signifi cant steps to become “Global Active Cities”. Learn how they developed their strategies to enhance urban planning, offer better activity infrastructure, engage neighbourhoods and design public spaces and streets for more inclusivity and activity! The “Global Active City” programme is part of the “Active Well-Being Initiative” formed by TAFISA, evaleo and the IOC.

Moderator: Tom Jones, Senior Principal, Populous, United Kingdom

Hamburg: The legacy lives on

Christoph Holstein, State Councillor for Sport, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany

Liverpool: A pioneer city walks the talk

Nicky Yates, Strategic Physical Activity and Sport Development Manager at Liverpool City Council, United Kingdom

Richmond: Leading healthy and active lives

Elizabeth Ayers, Director of Recreation & Sport, City of Richmond, Canada

2019 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 300 guests. Prizes will be presented to the award-winning building owners and architects.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Building stronger active living infrastructure in metropolitan cities

Growing a city’s profile around sports and leisure has been an often-repeated goal but few metropolitan cities have been successful in ultimately achieving this. City representatives and planners from Northern America and Australia will demonstrate how to build stronger active living infrastructure in metropolitan cities responding to different cultural, geographic and urban settings.

Moderator: Conrad Boychuk, Vice President, IAKS, Canada

Best practices from Denver

John Martinez, Deputy Executive Director of Recreation at City and County of Denver, USA

Best practices from Calgary

James McLaughlin, Acting Director, City of Calgary Recreation, Canada

Best practices from Sydney

Matthew McDonald, City Services Strategy Manager, City of Sydney, Australia

Properly operating leisure infrastructure in small and mid-size cities

The planning and development of a leisure-oriented infrastructure in small and mid-size cities is always challenging. Funding is not always easy to secure but once the investment has been made, the objective of maintaining an ongoing relevance and responsiveness to community needs defines the overall success of the initiative. The initial capital investment may pale compared to the ongoing costs for maintaining and improving that leisure infrastructure. This workshop will look at these challenges and the complexities of dealing with an ever-evolving community of users and the challenges of funding.

Moderator: Maria Keinicke, Founder and partner, KEINGART, Denmark


Elizabeth Ayers, Director of Recreation & Sport Services, City of Richmond, Canada

Holger Kortbaek, Head of Sports Facilities, Municipality of Gladsaxe, Denmark


Building stronger active living infrastructure in small and mid-size cities

The second session of the day will focus on small and mid-size cities. Typically having fewer resources, smaller cities often find it more challenging to offer settings that are active and inclusive. Learn from experiences of Canadian, Danish and British operators and architects how you can succeed in creating modern and appealing, financially and socially sustainable leisure facilities!

Moderator: Conrad Boychuk, Vice President, IAKS, Canada

Why recreation facilities are so important in small communities

Mark Hentze, Vice President Recreation and Culture, HDR Architecture, Canada

GAME's approach to inclusive street sports communities and facilities

Mikkel Selmar, Head of Facilities, GAME, Denmark

Combined facilities as catalysts for activating the neighbourhood

Mike Hall, FaulknerBrowns Architects, United Kingdom

Properly operating leisure infrastructure in metropolitan cities

The ongoing migration of people to large urban centres has created a challenge in terms of developing an appropriate sport and leisure infrastructure. Often large urban areas suffer from outdated indoor and outdoor facilities that are difficult to effectively program and even harder to maintain. The process of developing and maintaining meaningful programmes and facilities is complicated because of ongoing growth and the diversity of expectations. This workshop will look specifically at the unique challenge of meeting the needs to growing metropolitan areas and enhancing the liveability factor.

Moderator: Henrik H. Brandt, Consultant in sports and leisure,, Denmark


Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, United Kingdom

Thomas Beyer, Former Head of Sports Department of the City of Hamburg, Germany

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Indoor recreational facilities for future generations

“Indoor recreational facilities for future generations“ is the challenging title for the first session of the third congress day. Sports halls are one of the fundamental building blocks of a community’s sports and leisure infrastructure but their design and programming need to evolve to meeting an ever-broadening range of expectations and users. An international panel will show strategies for activating leisure elements into traditional sports hall concepts, as well as how to realize integrated concepts for recreation, cultural and social uses.

Moderator: Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer, Director, Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS)

Carla Madison Recreation Center in Denver

Katie Barnes, Principal and Partner, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, USA

Recreation Center Development in Calgary

Andrew Tankard, Partner, GEC Architecture, Canada

A new approach for sustainable building concepts and innovative funding methods?

Mike Lawless, Director, LA Architects, United Kingdom

Social and financial sustainability of public pools

Decision-making processes for public pools should start by defining socio-economic outcomes and political goals of a new project. Only after knowing why we build a new pool, we should discuss what we build. Another key for success is creating a business feasibility study. What is the benefit and logic of regional planning? Why should we calculate and know all life-cycle costs of a project? Finally, there are different operating models available, including PPP and revenue models. Sometimes municipalities want to sell outdoor or sports pools, but not every operating model is reasonable for every type of pool.

Moderator: Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer, Director, Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS)

Public Pool Development: The right order of decisions

Darryl Condon, Managing Principal, HCMA, Canada

Economic sustainability: Optimising financial planning to get best value

Dr Stefan Kannewischer, Kannewischer Management, Switzerland

Operating models: Choose the right one for your pool

Gar Holohan, Founder and Executive Chairman of Aura Holohan Leisure Group, Ireland

Activating the public realm for all ages

The objective of creating active communities goes well beyond the development of indoor and outdoor spaces for sports and leisure programmes. Providing opportunities spontaneous or leisurely activity, done on one’s own terms either individually or socially, is key to an active, meaningful and stimulating public realm. Different cultures respond to, or take advantage of public space in very unique ways. This workshop looks at walkability and sometimes “swim-ability” in the public realm, broadening the scope and definition of urban active living.

Moderator: Harald Fux, Founder and partner, RAUMKUNST, Austria


Theis Bavnhoj Hansen, Team leader recreation, City of Faaborg Midtfyn, Denmark

Matthew Lappin, David Lock Associates, United Kingdom

Ice rinks for leisure and physical activity

In the afternoon session, ice rink experts from Northern America and Europe will exchange ideas how to develop the planning and design of ice arenas beyond the traditional model. The international panel will provide examples of successful single-pad and multi-pad ice facilities for sports and leisure use, as well as community-scaled spectator arenas that bring an aspect of entertainment into the market.

Moderator: Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer, Director, Austrian Institute for School and Sports Facilities (ÖISS)

Evolution of community ice rink design as a tool for physical and social interaction

Viktors Jaunkalns, Founding partner, MJMA Architects, Canada

All-season recreation and sports pavilion as an economic, functional and appealing approach for ice rinks

Jim Kalvelage, Partner, opsis architecture, USA

Attractive and sustainable leisure ice experiences

Peter Hirvell, Managing Director, AST Eis- und Solartechnik, Austria

Making schoolyards places of active living for all

Schoolyards are one of the first places we learn to play and their design can have long-term benefits on both how we learn, and how we remain active. While investing in children’s play is one of the most meaningful investments society can make, the benefits of an “area for playing” are something that ideally is available to a larger part of the community. Schoolyards can provide a uniquely accessible opportunity for those who have a more informal approach to active living. This workshop looks at some innovative approaches to schoolyard design as part of a larger and broader active realm.

Moderator: Wolfgang Becker, Rif University Centre, Austria


Laura Munch, Project leader, Realdania foundation, Denmark

Anne Dorthe Vestergaard, Owner, VEGA landskab, Denmark

Friday, 8 November 2019

Diverse and successful activity areas

Skate and bike parks have become a global trend seen in both developed countries and those lacking a robust sports infrastructure program. How can they satisfy at the same time the demands of a future Olympic discipline as well as being socially relevant? The popularity of urban and sub-urban activities like parkour, bouncing and trampoline has initiated private investors to build indoor centres as commercial activity. What are their challenges and success stories?

Moderator: Henrik H. Brandt, Consultant in sports and leisure,, Denmark

The planning of skate parks between subculture and the Olympics:
A pioneering concept that will increase the quality of design beyond any trend

Veith Kilberth, Partner, Landskate, Germany

Skills Park Winterthur: Programming, designing and operating urban activity areas for the youth and for the young at heart

Roger Rinderknecht and Robin Schneider, Skillspark, Switzerland

Activating underutilized urban spaces

Darryl Condon, Managing Principal, HCMA, Canada

Impacting health through public space provision

Bryce Hinton, Design Manager, CONVIC, Australia

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