Architecture and Design Award - Innovative Sports, Leisure and Recreational Facilities

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Para-lympic Committee (IPC)and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) are launching the 2013 Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals on innovative designs and concepts for sports, leisure and recreational facilities.

The goal of enhancing the human experience and appreciation of sports, leisure and recreation and the need to ensure equitable, dignified and functional access to sport and leisure facilities are fundamental to the IOC, IPC and IAKS. This includes access for all citizens, regardless of their physical abilities, as well as the protection of the environment through skilful design, material use and creativity.
Sports, leisure and recreational facilities play an increasing role for many cities throughout the world which aim at becoming places of health with enjoyable living conditions. The IOC, IPC and IAKS call on young architects and designers to dedicate their enthusiasm and imagination to create areas and spaces for active living.

In recent years, the IOC has placed an increased focus on youth participation in sport through a number of activities. The IOC, the IPC and the IAKS together, aspire that young architects which create sporting environments for all citizens at an early stage in their career will continue this habit for years so that inclusive design will become standard practice for them.
In their strategy to promote a spirit of youth and to safeguard and promote the access to sport and leisure to all members of the community regardless of physical, sensory or intellectual limitations, the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS are proud to support this Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals.

Watercube in Beijing, sketch by Chriss Bosse Top: A bridge in Paris by Atelier Zündel Cristea

This award aims at young architects and designers currently studying architecture, landscape architecture, interior design and general design, and at young professionals in their first 2 years of professional practice. All participants must be under the age of 30 years.
Students must have completed their basic courses or passed their intermediate diploma examinations or obtained their B.A.
Submissions coming from young professionals are not supposed to be part of design works coming from professional teams or design companies.
Eligible to enter the competition is any kind of design work which focuses on the creation of spaces and areas to be used for sports and leisure activities in the broadest sense. It is provided that the design concept targets on encouraging sports practice among the youth. By bringing sport to the youth, where they are (e.g. in an urban environment), the project should aim at creating a high sports legacy.

World Cup stadium in Frankfurt, sketch by Prof. Volkwin Marg

The awards will include three winners: Gold: 1.000€, Silver: 500€ and Bronze: 300€.

The winners and their projects will be presented in a detailed publication and high-grade exhibition to the trade fair public at the 23rd IAKS Congress in conjunction with the international trade fair "Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities“ (FSB) in Cologne from 22nd to 25th October 2013.

For the entry, all the items must reach by 30th April 2013 at the latest.