Countdown is On – Australian National Sports Convention

106 Architects is delighted to be actively involved in the National Sports Convention, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Tuesday 23rd July to Thursday 25th July 2019.

The vision of this year’s Convention is “Reimagining Sport; more people active with greater participation opportunities.”

The event is sure to be a vibrant hub of ‘everything sport’ – packed with networks and opportunities to explore the impact of specialist sporting architecture on the community in the future – from surfaces, facilities, policy, innovation and current trends.

Convention attendees can expect a packed schedule, and we are inviting leaders from councils, parks and recreation, sport’s CEOs and all other sporting stakeholders to come and say hi to our Principal Architect, Dion Gosling who will be a speaker, as well as a panellist at the below plenary sessions:

Workshop 1 – Wednesday 24th July 1:30 pm – 3 pm

Sporting Centres of Excellence and How They Embrace Synthetic, Hybrid Surfaces and the Latest Smart Technology

Workshop 2 – Thursday 25th July at 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Reimagining Community Facilities and Urban Design
What Will Future Facilities and Neighbourhoods Look Like if we want to Activate Communities and Attract Specific Cohorts?

The featured project Dion will be focusing on is the Community Centre of Excellence in Christchurch, New Zealand at the Nga Puna Wai sports precinct which was designed for four key sports, to service the growing local community need. The precinct has the capacity to scale up operations to host regional, national and international events. 106 Architects partnered with Council and consultants to successfully create a “Third Place” — an inviting home for the anchor sports of Hockey, Athletics, Rugby League and Tennis.

106 Architects is excited that the chosen destination for this year’s Convention is Melbourne. This decision echo’s our recent decision to set up a base in Melbourne — an inspirational city known for its rich and successful coupling of sporting and community culture. Our agenda at the Convention is to demonstrate how the Antipodes truly pack a punch when it comes to sports stadia. It is our time to shine, with Australian and New Zealand architects leading the way in creating effective collaboration models that deliver greater community engagement, increased sport participation and higher performing athletes.

We look forward to seeing you at the National Sports Convention. Simply register your interest here. If you can’t make it, or you want to follow our involvement, you can stay tuned via our social media channels Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.