Panel of experts in Stadiums and Arenas
SPEAKERS DURING THE DAY ORGANIZED BY THE IAKS ASSOCIATION
On September 22, IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) organized one of its online “expert circles” under the title: “Stadia and Arenas“.
With them, the international non-profit association aims to create a forum to discuss issues, trends and expectations related to its field of action: the world of sports venues, both at design and management level.
Initiated by Javier Dávila (currently Vice President of the Spanish section of IAKS), representing IDOM, and Mike Trice (Populous, United Kingdom), the circle on this occasion had a total of twelve experts from eight countries who met to discuss “How Covid-19 will affect stadium designs.”
Looking for the positive side of the current situation, Javier Dávila considering it to be a good opportunity to renovate stadiums by improving their access and circulation as well as other aspects related to sustainability.
The circle of experts will hold regular meetings, opening up to the participation of professionals associated with IAKS, and with the possibility of inviting specific experts depending on the topics being discussed.
October 16, 2020
During his speech, Javier Dávila, pointed out several key points to be taken into account in the design of future stadiums:
Firstly, the location: Stadiums should be in the city and be part of the city.
Secondly, the sustainable renovation of existing stadiums should be considered.
In addition, he proposed evaluating current conditions of stadiums with crowd simulations.
And finally, he stressed that partial renovations will play an important role in future investments made in stadiums.
Javier Dávila ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
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Example of an ongoing reform of an existing stadium in an urban environment, designed by IDOM. Copyright: Levante UD