Publication: Mitigating biodiversity impacts of new sports venues (IUCN)

Abstract
Wherever a new sports venue is built, or the refurbishment of an existing venue is undertaken, it is likely that biodiversity will be affected by that development, although the significance of impacts on biodiversity – both negative and positive – will vary enormously from sport to sport and location to location. Sports organisations, public authorities and financial institutions as well as those involved in the actual construction and decommissioning of venues all have a role to play in managing the range of impacts that sport venues may have on biodiversity. This includes implementing different measures that can be taken to mitigate any negative impacts and adopting approaches that contribute to biodiversity conservation. Moreover, with careful planning and design, new sports venues and the expansion of existing sites or temporary facilities can, in some cases, even contribute to an overall gain of biodiversity. This report offers in-depth guidance on how to integrate biodiversity considerations in the development of a new venue or a temporary facility, including five checklists covering all aspects from the early planning stage and site selection to the decommissioning.

Imprint: Gland, Switzerland : IUCN, 2019
Physical Description: xii, 80p. : ill.
Publication Year: 2019
ISBN: 978-2-8317-1954-2
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.CH.2019.02.en

 

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Olympic Art Competitions: Winners in Architecture and Town Planning

Olympic Stadium Amsterdam 1928. Design by Jan Wils. Photo: Nederlands Instituut voor Militaire Historie on Flickr. (CC BY 4.0)

 

From 1928 to 1948, art competitions were part of the Olympic Games. In this post an overview of all winners in the categories Architecture and Town Planning.

Architecture

Olympics Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Stockholm 1912 Eugène-Edouard Monod and Alphonse Laverrière (SUI)
Building plan of a modern stadium
Antwerp 1920 Holger Sinding-Larsen (NOR)
Project for a gymnastics school
Paris 1924 Alfréd Hajós and Dezső Lauber (HUN)
Plan for a stadium
Julien Médecin (MON)
Stadium for Monte Carlo
Amsterdam 1928 Jan Wils (NED)
Olympic Stadium at Amsterdam
Ejnar Mindedal Rasmussen (DEN)
Swimming pool at Ollerup
Jacques Lambert (FRA)
Stadium at Versailles
Los Angeles 1932 Gustave Saacké, Pierre Montenot, Pierre Bailly (FRA)
Design for a “Cirque pour Toros”
 John Russell Pope (USA)
Design for the Payne Whitney Gymnasium, New Haven, Conn.
Richard Konwiarz (GER)
Design for a “Schlesierkampfbahn” in the Sport Park of Breslau
Berlin 1936 Hermann Kutschera (AUT)
Skiing Stadium
Werner March (GER)
Reich Sport Field
Hermann Stiegholzer and Herbert Kastinger (AUT)
Sporting Centre in Vienna
London 1948 Adolf Hoch (AUT)
“Skisprungschanze auf dem Kobenzl”
Alfred Rinesch (AUT)
“Watersports Centre in Carinthia”
 Nils Olsson (SWE)
“Baths and Sporting Hall for Gothenburg”

 

Town Planning

Olympics Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Amsterdam 1928 Alfred Hensel (GER)
Stadium at Nuremberg
 Jacques Lambert (FRA)
Stadium at Versailles
Max Laeuger (GER)
Municipal Park at Hamburg
Los Angeles 1932 John Hughes (GBR)
Design for a Sports and Recreation Centre with Stadium, for the City of Liverpool
Jens Klemmensen (DEN)
Design for a Stadium and Public Park
André Verbeke (BEL)
Design for a “Marathon Park”
Berlin 1936 Werner March and Walter March (GER)
Reich Sport Field
Charles Downing Lay (USA)
Marine Park, Brooklyn
Theo Nußbaum (GER)
Municipal Planning and Sporting Centre in Cologne
London 1948 Yrjö Lindegren (FIN)
“The Centre of Athletics in Varkaus, Finland”
Werner Schindler and Edy Knupfer (SUI)
“Swiss Federal Sports and Gymnastics Training Centre”
Ilmari Niemeläinen (FIN)
“The Athletic Centre in Kemi, Finland”

 

Source: Art competitions at the Summer Olympics, Wikipedia (last visited Mar. 6, 2019).

IOC; Publication: The Olympic Stadiums of the Summer Games from Athens 1896 to Tokyo 2020

THE OLYMPIC STADIUMS OF THE SUMMER GAMES FROM ATHENS 1896 TO TOKYO 2020
The Olympic Studies Centre

This document presents the stadiums for the Olympic Summer Games which have hosted the athletics events and/or the opening and closing ceremonies. Thanks to their size and prestige, these buildings are generally regarded as the core centre of the sports facilities created for the Games. The document contains information on the stadium project itself, together with how it was used or adapted for the Games, its architecture, its particular features and lastly its post-Olympic use.

 

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IPC; IPC to move to new headquarters in Bonn (Germany)

 

Press release by the International Paralympic Committee;

IPC to move to new headquarters

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Thursday (24 January) that it will move to new headquarters in Bonn, Germany, its home city for the last 20 years, from January 2020.

The move follows talks with the City of Bonn, the State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Federal Government, to find a new location for the IPC’s growing workforce.

During its meeting on 15 January 2019, the cabinet of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia decided to provide the IPC the property of the former State Representation in Dahlmannstrasse 2 in Bonn for the long-term.

The building, located next to the river Rhine and adjacent to Bonn’s World Conference Centre, is approximately 500m from the IPC’s current base on Adenauerallee and has capacity for approximately 150 employees.

The proposal from the State of NRW was approved unanimously on Thursday by the IPC Governing Board at its meeting in London, Great Britain.

Andrew Parsons, IPC President, said: “The IPC and its employees are extremely proud to have called Bonn and North Rhine-Westphalia our home for the last 20 years and we are absolutely delighted and hugely excited at the prospect of moving to new headquarters next year.

“The IPC is hugely grateful to the State Government of NRW for their commitment and support and are looking forward to our future co-operation.

“Since establishing our foundations in Bonn in 1999, our team has grown significantly helping to amplify the impact of the work we undertake transforming the lives of millions of persons with disabilities around the world.

“By relocating to the former State Representation, we believe we can continue advancing the Paralympic Movement, create a stronger connection between the IPC, the city and the State, and further our work making for a more inclusive society through Para sport.

“We have ambitious plans for our new headquarters which will benefit schools, the local community and the whole Paralympic Movement. We are eagerly looking forward to the move.”

Founded in Dusseldorf, Germany, on 22 September 1989, the IPC opened its headquarters at Adenauerallee 212-214, on 3 September 1999, opposite Bonn’s Palais Schaumburg, the former first official residence and office of the German Chancellor. Ten years after its formation, a handful of volunteers and two full-time staff members moved into the historic property, which had been donated by the German Government.

Since establishing its roots in the city, the IPC has enjoyed tremendous growth. Its international workforce of more than 100 people is divided between core IPC departments, 10 Para sports for which the IPC acts as international federation and the Agitos Foundation, the world’s leading charity for developing Para sport globally.

The IPC organises many of the world’s biggest sport events, including the Paralympic Games, a global sporting showcase watched by billions around the world that has firmly established itself as the world’s premiere event for driving social inclusion.

In March 2018, the IPC signed a long-term agreement with the IOC through to 2032 providing financial stability and making it obligatory for any host of the Olympic Games to organise the Paralympics. The agreement also deepens existing co-operation between the two organisations and is helping to raise the visibility of the Paralympic Games and enhance the Paralympic brand.

Source: IPC
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