How to maximize local benefits in sports and leisure infrastructure projects

The cities of Bogotá and Medellin in Colombia will serve as example on how to promote projects with strategies as social agreement, biophysical restoration and open space infrastructure. Prof. Diana Wiesner, Professor of Architecture at the Andes University in Bogotá and representative of the civic and ecological organizations at the Planning Advisory Council of Bogotá, will present a critical reflection on the transformation of these two cities.

Working as a professor and researcher in full time at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, María de Lourdes Sandoval Martinon will display her study of playgrounds in Mexico City. She is responsible for the group of investigation “Recreation and Environment” and of the Research laboratory “Observatory of the Recreation”, which studies the phenomenon of leisure from a theoretical point of view, about urban planning and of the design of leisure spaces in Mexico City.

Well known from last congresses, Jose Dava will reflect on Mozambique when it hosted the 10th All Africa Games in 2011 and “how countries can build a road map and guaranty feasibility of sports facilities after hosting big events”. Architect and Master of Sport Management, Jose Dava has been working for the Government in Mozambique since 1978 in both the sports and financial departments.

Under the experienced chairing of Prof. Dr. Carlos Vera Guardia, experts from four continents will explore how to maximize local benefits in sports and leisure infrastructure projects. Johannes Bühlbecker, chief-editor of the “sb” magazine at IAKS will lead the panel discussion of both sessions.