New approaches to design and management

Fresh design and management approaches to optimize the operational and financial performance of mid-size spectator and community leisure facilities will be the subject of this second session in the morning of the 24th October 2013.

 “I consider this appointment a great honour. It is one of the most important events of the year for specialists and experts within the field of arena development and sports architecture. I hope to be able to meet with many colleagues from across the world and discuss the situation in our industry,” says Sven-Åke Wikers, Managing Director of ArenaProjekt in Sweden.

How to provide genuine, high-quality multi functionality? The grand stade de Lille is three buildings in one: a stadium, an arena and a concert hall. In all three configurations, the proximity, essential for intimacy and a friendly atmosphere between “the spectator” and the “player” is optimal, according to Pierre Ferret, founder of Atelier Ferret Architecture in France.

María Ángeles Sánchez Ortega, is architect at IDOM and works as Project Director and Head of Technical Department of Architecture and Construction. Her talk “Xátiva Sport City: Multifunctional training centre” will display how multifunctional space in a sport facility creates new spaces for social and cultural life.

Both an environmental and social sustainability perspective will be explained by Craig Bouck from Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture. He will describe the Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers, USA. The facility, designed to respond holistically to the community, includes areas for worship, performing arts, education, wellness, physical fitness and aquatic offerings.