Leisure and recreation: What is the right public and social infrastructure?
“Sports halls for the future” 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.
Achieving the social and financial objectives for public pools cannot be realized without understanding the diverse needs of the users, anticipating the financial impact of operations, and developing the most appropriate design concept. Members from the IAKS Expert Circle “Pools” will introduce best practice examples from different countries and discuss goals for future public pool strategies.
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.