Activating spaces in urban environments

On its fourth and last day, the IAKS Congress will direct its discussions on providing activating spaces in urban environments. This means not only taking into account the dynamics of urban planning processes, but also the problem of conflicts caused by the often changing uses of urban amenity spaces.

Technical infrastructures for outdoor activities such as skating and biking activities will be discussed, as well as the role of schools and local sports organizations to improve the local provision of areas and places which stimulate citizens to practice physical activities at everybody’s taste.

Sports development is within the responsibility not only of local government authorities but also for sports organisations and private individuals, according to Prof. Dr. Robin Kähler, consultant for governments in several city projects. In his talk, the former Director of the Institute of Sports, University Kiel, Germany, will outline the present situation and highlight the reasons for a new approach in sport at the local level. The opportunities, conflicts, risks and successes that can be expected when sports organisations and private individuals themselves become the initiators and driving forces of local sport will then be illustrated with concrete examples.

Wolfgang Becker, Manager of the University and Olympiasportcenter Salzburg since 1986 and former Manager of the “Red Bull Arena” in Salzburg gives a very practical example: in cooperation with an elementary school in Austria, his institute designed quite a different way to school which included stations to play and to get physical active. The objective was to attract more children to walk to school rather than to take the bus or get a lift to school.

“Developing new facilities for outdoor activities” is the title of Oliver Vanges’ talk, Development Consultant at The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sports Facilities. Facilities for outdoor sports activities such as triathlon, bicycling and running are relatively small in size and are designed with interesting architectural solutions and the ability to be placed in the city as well as in nature and natural surroundings.

How can municipal authorities reach their citizens who practice sport but who have no organisational structures? Samuel Hubschmid, Sports Consultant at bfu (Swiss Council for Accident Prevention), Switzerland and passionate mountain biker himself, sees the infrastructure at only common basis. To get involved these sportsmen in the process of realization, construction, maintenance and lobbying for the mountainbike sport the infrastructure allows to form a community and effects a sensibilisation for sustainability on social, economical and ecological goals.

Metrobox Architects, Germany, designed a new kind of skating plaza as an element of urban revitalization: Kap 686 in Cologne Rheinauhafen. Hendrik Bruns, architect and partner at Metrobox Architects will explain why Kap 686 has been awarded a bronze medal in this year’s IOC/IAKS Award.