Committee Urban Development Open Space Planning: Urban Movement Spaces

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The bdla-AK Städtebau und Freiraumplanung under the leadership of Prof. Ulrike Böhm had met on 11 November 2019 in Frankfurt am Main.

The most important item on the agenda was the professional exchange with Prof. Dr. Ralf Roth on the topic of urban exercise spaces. Prof. Roth is head of the Institute for Outdoor Sport and Environmental Research at the German Sport University Cologne. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Council for Environment and Sport at the Federal Ministry for the Environment.

The advisory board regularly publishes position papers and organises a specialist conference every two years, soon to be held in Berlin in March 2020. Topics at the event will include microplastics, but also mobility concepts for the future.

The Council is currently discussing the effects of climate change on top-level and popular sports, e.g. winter sports and snow safety, water sports on the Baltic Sea and the problem of pathogens caused by rising water temperatures.

The professional exchange was very constructive. Prof. Roth sees urban exercise areas as important places for informal sporting activities and thus also for health prevention.

It is regrettable that the municipal sports, health and green space authorities have so far hardly networked or cooperated on the topic. - In order to bring the different actors together, the working group developed the idea of organising a workshop discussion on urban movement spaces. For landscape architecture or urban open space development, this would offer the chance to piggyback on the lobby of the health and sports industry.

In parallel, the working group is compiling a best practice collection of urban movement spaces.

The working group welcomed and discussed the strategy paper of the presidium "Climate adaptation - perspectives for the bdla". Further topics of the meeting were the reform of urban development funding and the upcoming amendment of the BauGB.

Source: bdla association magazine "Landschaftsarchitekten" 1/2020

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