Sustainability of Buildings for Mega-Events – Transfer of Knowledge Congress in Munich

Conrad Boychuk was invited to speak at the Sustainability of Buildings for Mega-Events – Transfer of Knowledge Congress, an international expert workshop sponsored by the Technical University of Munich, the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics, the German Institute of Standardization, the German Ministry of Economics and Technology, the German Olympic Sports Confederation, and the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities.

The workshop, held on October 29 and 30 in Munich, Germany, recognized the risk of producing unsustainable venues for major events with the notion of “white elephants” often running rampant through the presentations. One session was specifically entitled “Hunting White Elephants – Sustainable Planning for Major Sports Events.”

Conrad presented on the second day of the workshop and was part of a group that included Geraint John of Populous’ London office and Alessandro Zoppini of Studio Zoppini Associati, designers of the long-track speed skating oval in Turino. Conrad’s presentation, entitled “Planning and Sustainable Concepts of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games” focused on spectator, training, and support venues associated with the Olympic and Paralympic Games. While the design of environmentally responsible facilities is a core value of designers, the most significant aspect of Vancouver’s facilities had to do with the social relevance of the majority of the facilities after the games in legacy format. The facilities Conrad illustrated in his presentation included the Richmond Oval, Hillcrest Recreation Centre, Trout Lake Arena, Killarney Arena, Creekside Recreation Centre, and CEI Architecture’s Chuck Bailey Recreation Centre. All of these projects have successfully made the transition from Olympic venues or support facilities to fully functioning community recreation centres.

The workshop included a tour of Munich’s Olympic Park site, and a meeting of the Union Internationale des Architectes (UIA) Sports + Leisure Group of which Conrad is Canada’s official member. Conrad was also able to visit both the BMW Museum opposite Olympic Park, and the spectacular Allianz Arena.

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