Social aspect: the most under-estimated dimension of sustainability

Two sessions in the afternoon of day 3 of the 23rd IAKS Congress will showcase sustainability in social dimensions.

“The IAKS Congress is the best opportunity to meet the most qualified and interested people on leisure and sports facilities and to discuss our present and our future. I feel honored to have been invited to chair one of the sessions with interesting presentations especially from developing countries as a preparation for our 50th. Anniversary Congress in 2015” says Prof. Dr. Carlos Vera Guardia.

How to use Social Media to engage your community? Social Media is a powerful tool that can be used to reach out to the community for the support of new projects, additions or renovations and to ensure the longevity of a facility. Mary Chow is an Architect and Associate with CEI Architecture in Vancouver, Canada. Her post-occupancy research has given her the tools to evaluate the initial process and to determine whether the ideas developed in the preliminary consultation have been successful in achieving the goals of the community for which her projects are designed.

Associate Professor, PhD René Kural is director of the Centre for Sports and Architecture as well as independent practicing architect with his firm René Kural Architects. He will question “How do we activate girls, women and seniors?” The Centre for Sports and Architecture has designed several research installations in a socially depraved part of Copenhagen. René Kural will present the results, some of them are quite surprising.

The third talk in the afternoon will give insights into the design process that created the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto, South Africa with a detailed discussion on how architecture can mediate the complexity of designing a sport facility for multiple stakeholders. As director and founder of the RUF Rural Urban Fantasy Project, Sean Pearson will explain “The Power of Brand, Sport and Architecture in Social Sustainable Design”.