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Arenas and sports halls: New success models

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How can sports halls be inspiring and more functional for both school pedagogy and sports club activities? To what extent will the growing popularity of eSports influence architectural planning? And learn about an excellent example of successful and effective management of a municipal facility in Spain that combines sports, leisure and public services under one roof. Much inspiration in the third session on day 3 of the 27th IAKS Congress!


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Casper Lindemann, Consultant, DIF, Denmark

Old sports halls – new opportunities

Casper Lindemann, Consultant, DIF, 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.

Oliver Vanges

Oliver Vanges, Development Consultant, LOA Fonden, Denmark

Charlie Fordham

Charlie Fordham, Associate Principal, Populous, United Kingdom

Designing for Esports

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.


Borja Rodriguez Ramajo, City Counselor for Public Participation, Transparency and Civic Centers, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, Spain

Combining sporting, cultural and other uses at Salburua neighbourhood in Vitoria-Gasteiz

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.

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