IAKS Congress

IAKS will be holding its 25th international congress for the design, construction, modernization and management of sports and leisure facilities on the occasion of the FSB Trade Fair in Cologne from 7th to 10th November 2017. Both events are devoted to link global trends with developments of the industry.

The planning, development and operations of both new and expanded sports and leisure facilities has never been more challenging or faced as many contradictions. Various levels of government search for ways to provide the level of funding appropriate for maintaining and developing healthy communities. Municipal governments in particular are facing greater complexities and obstacles in providing appropriate facilities and programs.

In 2017, the IAKS congress is focusing on the difficulties municipal governments in particular face as they try to maintain a healthy population. Read more about new approaches to funding, project delivery and sustainable operations which are critical to address this challenging shift.

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02.April 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Award-winning projects and designs from the 2013 IOC/IPC/IAKS architecture prizes

Karin Schwarz-Viechtbauer from Austria and Conrad Boychuk from Canada were on the jury deciding this year’s IOC, IPC and IAKS architecture prizes. They hosted presentations of exemplary, medal-winning projects from this year’s competition.

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17.March 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Trends in British recreation facilities

First off, James Johnston presented the Clickimin Leisure Complex on the Shetland Islands, which has been an important community and sports centre for islanders for the last 28 years.

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25.February 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - A post-games look at the venues for the London 2012 Games

On day two of the Congress, the focus lay on excellence in sports and leisure facilities. Prof. Geraint John, Honorary President of the Sports and Leisure Working Group at the International Union of Architects, first moderated a discussion on the post-games use of the venues from London 2012.

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29.January 2014 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospective - Inclusive design and accessibility

The first congress session was devoted to the topic of inclusion in grassroots sports and leisure facilities. Chaired by Apostolos Rigas, Head of Paralympic Games Strategic Projects at the IPC, it looked at advances in inclusive planning at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, challenges with accessibility to temporary event structures and “invisible barriers” in sport.

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13.December 2013 | Congress

23rd IAKS Congress: A retrospectice - Congress Opening

The 23rd IAKS Congress, along with the FSB and aquanale trade fairs, was opened on 22/10/2013 by Ute Schäfer, the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport.

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