Green and open spaces are real all-rounders: As places for rest and relaxation, they improve the urban environment and enhance the quality of life in urban areas. They include parks, woods and playgrounds as well as planted traffic islands and flower troughs. Ideally, connected open spaces create a “green network” that winds its way through the entire community. Such areas are therefore an indispensable part of contemporary sustainable urban planning. “Green” is also the colour of the new technologies for the world of sports: the management of sports facilities with a positive ecological balance sheet, energy-saving building modernization and higher energy efficiency. Nowadays, these are the decisive parameters for planning, refurbishing and constructing sports and leisure facilities. Green, playful, attractive and more successful than ever before. That also describes the FSB 2013, which is being held in Cologne from 22.10. - 25.10.2013. Decision-makers, planners or landscape architects from municipalities or private-sector businesses visiting the International Trade
Fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities will find solutions to help them design and provide open spaces that promote social change. For the development of future-oriented concepts and their intelligent implementation, this year’s FSB will focus on such themes as demographic change, barrier-free accessibility, sustainability or product durability.
Moreover, in cooperation with national sports and municipal associations, the organisers of the specialist supporting program will strengthen the focus on sector topics that are of particular interest
to municipalities and clubs. The “Sport facilities” area of FSB will occupy all of Hall 11, while products for open urban spaces and playground facilities will be found in Hall 3.2, as usual, and, for the first time, also in Hall 2.2. These two areas of FSB will also be enhanced with a number of activities features and individual trade events in the halls.
The FSB's association partners in the area of sports facilities include the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), the Federal Association of the German Sports Goods Industry (BSI) (along
with the Quality Inspection Association for Sports Equipment), the German Sports Authorities Working Group (ADS), FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA/Fédération Internationale de Basketball). DOSB will once again exhibit at a separate trade fair stand in Hall 11.2, together with the state sports associations of Hesse,
North Rhine-Westphalia, Württemberg and Berlin, as well as with the Federal Institute of Sport Science. The presentation will highlight various sports facility consulting services for resource-conserving modernisation projects. It will also showcase methods for redeveloping and constructing facilities as well as concepts for sustainable sports facility management.
At the FSB trade fair, the Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH) and the trade magazine Playground@Landscape will be found at their stand in
Hall 3.2, where they will provide information about landscape architecture for exercise areas, exercise in the city and play ground safety. On 23rd October, the forum titled “Landscape architects plan exercise areas” will showcase children's playgrounds. The open spaces in which children are free to follow their natural urge for energetic movement have even become meeting places for people of all ages. The steady transformation of our environment is creating new tasks for us all. Landscape architects are the designers of these open spaces and are thus moderators of these development processes. The Association of German Landscape Architects (bdla) will participate in the forum as a cooperation partner.
In cooperation with the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, the BSFH will stage the “Exercise for young and old” forum on 24th October. The forum is targeted at municipal decision-makers and other interested individuals. It will focus on the needs and demands of people of different ages.
The BSFH “Playground safety” forum, which will be held on 22nd and 25th October, will address another important topic. At the forum, the specialist Friedrich Blume from Deula Westfalen-Lippe GmbH will provide participants with information on playground safety in general and give an overview of the examination procedure for the certification of playground experts.
In the open space area, the FSB cooperates with STADT und RAUM for the open space and landscape planning segment as well as with the Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Leisure Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH) for the playground equipment and playground planning segments. In cooperation with the German Association of Towns and Municipalities, FSB will present information on “room to move” with regard to children's daycare centres, schools, urban areas and senior citizens on 23rd October 2013. FSB partner STADTundRAUM will once again take a special look at the planning of urban and open spaces – both in the halls and at the congress.
The STADTundRAUM topic area will be presented in Hall 2.2 for the first time. The area will be planned in an extraordinary manner and thematically integrate special topics and workshops. The planerFORUM will make its debut this year. The German Playground Award will also be presented.
From 22-25.10.2013 in Cologne, the IAKS will be holding its 23rd International Congress for Design, Construction, Modernization and Management for Sport and Leisure Facilities. The IAKS Congress is the international meeting point for experts for sport and leisure facilities. More than 500 participants from over 40 different countries are expected, including architects, engineers, clients, planners, municipal decision-makers, technical and operative management, sports federations and clubs and the European trade press.
More about the FSB at: www.fsb-cologne.de
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