IAKS Congress

IAKS will be holding its 25th international congress for the design, construction, modernization and management of sports and leisure facilities on the occasion of the FSB Trade Fair in Cologne from 7 to 10 November 2017. Both events are devoted to link global trends with developments of the industry.

The planning, development and operations of both new and expanded sports and leisure facilities has never been more challenging or faced as many contradictions. Various levels of government are concerned with providing the level of funding appropriate for maintaining and developing healthy communities. Municipal governments in particular are facing greater complexities and obstacles in providing appropriate facilities and programs:

  • People are moving to the cities and need not only housing but also spaces for sports and leisure,
  • The very makeup of communities is changing and becoming more international through immigration and shifting work forces,
  • Individuals, community groups and sports organizations want more input into visioning and planning new facilities and ultimately, a more collaborative process,
  • People are remaining active longer and are looking to specific types of facilities and programs that support their specific interests and abilities,
  • New sports and activities particularly focused around youth and young adults are being developed that need to be reflected in future facility design,
  • Technology is having a significant impact on how we communicate, participate, motivate, and ultimately appreciate the constantly changing world around us.

Against this context of expanded users, facilities and programs, governments are faced with the prospect of reducing funding or find alternative ways to deliver projects and programs. National, state and local governments must also deal with the increase in obesity for all age groups. We are at a possible milestone where the next generation may be less healthy than the current one.

In 2017, the IAKS congress is focusing on the difficulties municipal governments in particular face as they try to maintain a healthy environment. New approaches to funding, project delivery and sustainable operations are critical to address this challenging shift.

The 2017 IAKS Congress program will feature a number of sessions allowing for presentation, round-table discussions and workshops. Participation by experts in planning, design, construction and operations will help foster an international exchange about new ideas and strategies, and facilitate a meaningful and insightful transfer of knowledge.

 

About the IAKS Congress

The IAKS Congress for the Design, Construction, Modernization and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities is the longest-standing international forum for experts in sports and leisure facilities.

The IAKS Congress benefits from the direct support and involvement of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.  This partnership is responsible for the Exemplary Awards program, the most prestigious event for recognizing exception sports and leisure design. Moreover, the congress receives official support from Sportaccord and Germany's Ministry of the Interior.

The congress audience is truly international and includes representatives from all levels of government, architects, engineers, designers, facility operators, and technical experts. 

Concurrently, Koelnmesse and IAKS stage FSB - International trade show for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities - the world's largest showcase for the industry's products and services.

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28.April 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - New approaches to design and management

Sven-Ake Wikers, Managing Director of ArenaProjekt in Sweden, moderated the session dealing with fresh design and management approaches.

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14.April 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Design innovations reducing energy and consumption of natural resources

The ecological, economic and social dimensions of sustainability were the focus on day three of the IAKS Congress.

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02.April 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Award-winning projects and designs from the 2013 IOC/IPC/IAKS architecture prizes

Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer from Austria and Conrad Boychuk from Canada were on the jury deciding this year’s IOC, IPC and IAKS architecture prizes. They hosted presentations of exemplary, medal-winning projects from this year’s competition.

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17.March 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Trends in British recreation facilities

First off, James Johnston presented the Clickimin Leisure Complex on the Shetland Islands, which has been an important community and sports centre for islanders for the last 28 years.

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25.February 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - A post-games look at the venues for the London 2012 Games

On day two of the Congress, the focus lay on excellence in sports and leisure facilities. Prof. Geraint John, Honorary President of the Sports and Leisure Working Group at the International Union of Architects, first moderated a discussion on the post-games use of the venues from London 2012.

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