HOK's Chris DeVolder tells CLAD why sports design must be sustainable

by Kim Megson | 25 May 2016

With its mass appeal and ability to unite people worldwide, sport offers a powerful platform for demonstrating and communicating the importance of sustainability.

That’s the view of Chris DeVolder, sustainable design leader at architecture firm HOK.

In a column penned for the latest issue of CLADmag, DeVolder reflected on the changing nature of sports-oriented design, particularly with city centre sports developments returning to favour.

“By establishing new paradigms for environmentally friendly design and acting as a hub for related sustainable development, sports venues can become critical assets for an individual location, a community and a region,” he wrote.

“There’s a focus on engaging residents, daytime workers and visitors every day of the week – not just on game or match days. These projects promote related development and maximise return on investment while creating vibrant, sustainable urban communities.”

HOK has worked on several such mixed-use projects, including the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, US; the Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton, Canada; and the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, Spain.

In his column, DeVolder revealed the trends he considers the most important for sports architects to consider as they design the stadiums and sports facilities of the future.

Among other features, he said stadiums should harvest water, create energy, turn waste into food, enable mixed-use programming and adopt adaptive landscaping.

DeVolder’s column, and his full list of sustainability trends, can be read here.

HOK have recently partnered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Architects Foundation to research how an improvement in sustainable design practices can improve public health.

HOK  Chris DeVolder  CLADmag  sustainability  sports architecture  design 
Related stories

HOK partner with American architecture institute to research link between design and wellbeing

Bill Hellmuth promoted to CEO at architecture studio HOK

NFL team Miami Dolphins revamping stadium with major HOK-designed rooftop canopy

HOK design 'first-of-a-kind' Atlanta Hawks training and sports medicine centre

EXCLUSIVE: Lead architect on FC Barcelona's Palau Blaugrana project reveals details of mixed-use project and how sports design is changing

Drone footage offers bird's eye view of HOK's hotly-anticipated Atlanta Falcons stadium

FEATURE: Sports – Good sports

With its mass appeal and ability to unite people worldwide, sport offers a powerful platform for demonstrating and communicating the importance of sustainability. That’s the view of Chris DeVolder, sustainable design leader at architecture firm HOK. In a column penned for the latest issue of CLADmag, DeVolder reflected on the changing nature of sports-oriented design, particularly with city centre sports developments returning to favour. “By establishing new paradigms for environmentally
CLD,SAR,ARC,DES
Chris DeVolder is sustainable design leader at architecture firm HOK / HOK
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7018     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 7018     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Blu Spas, Inc.
Blu is a full-service firm offering consulting, advisory and operating solutions.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
The spa and treatment rooms were designed around a natural cenote
"True luxury is about preserving the soul of an incredible destination"

KimMegsonvisitstheaward-winning ChabléYucatánResort&Spa

Mikyoung Kim created a sculptural fog fountain for Chapel Hill
Mikyoung Kim
"Nature isn’t rigid. It’s open-ended; that’s its beauty"

The Boston-based landscape architect on blending art and science to design creative spaces that bring communities closer

features
Marble and bronze create a “sense of masculinity,” said Fu
Fu has a masters in architecture from Cambridge University
"I wanted to go deeper than the stereotypical concept of lanterns, junks and temples"

Drawing on his childhood memories for the St Regis Hong Kong

features
Dror Benshetrit and Di-Ann Eisnor will head up the team
"We will work to fuse nature, design, technology, and community in our cities in order to measurably improve the lives of citizens"

High profile design hirings for the We Company

The steel ‘veil’ of the stadium’s facade is lifted to reveal the various entrances
Populous’ Christopher Lee has designed more than 30 stadia across five continents
"Our new stadium and wider scheme has been developed to deliver an unrivalled fan experience and significant benefits to our local community. We want to make this venue a world class sports and entertainment destination for everyone, in our birthplace of Tottenham - Daniel Levy, Tottenham Hotspur FC chair "

Tom Walker exploresthe storybehind TottenhamHotspur’sgroundbreakingnew footballstadium

cladkit product news
Paul Kelley pushes 'technical boundaries' with modular furniture cube system
The system is designed to enable users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, where they are in complete control of the design and function of their furniture
Lauren Heath-Jones
British designer Paul Kelley has created a modular magnetic cube furniture system that enables users to create multifunctional, adaptable pieces, ...
Baux creates plant-based acoustic panels
Baux has worked with scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology to create Baux Acoustic Pulp, a plant-derived acoustic solution
Lauren Heath-Jones
Baux, an acoustic products brand based in Sweden, has developed a line of biodegradable acoustic panels, using a plant-based material ...
Alusid's Sequel collection combines craftsmanship and sustainability says founder
The Sequel collection is billed as the 'most waste-efficient and sustainable' on the market
Lauren Heath-Jones
Alusid, a creator of eco-friendly surfaces, has partnered with Parkside to launch the Sequel range, the brand's first collection of ...
cladkit product news
Tom Dixon Studio to relaunch iconic Pylon chair
Pylon was first designed more than 20 years ago
Lauren Heath-Jones
Originally conceived in his metal workshop in the early 90's, the Pylon chair was Dixon's attempt to create the world's ...
BD Barcelona Design reveals Cristallo by the late Alessandro Mendini
Cristallo was the last design from acclaimed designer and architect Alessandro Mendini
Lauren Heath-Jones
Design Studio BD Barcelona Design has released Cristallo, a limited-edition cabinet designed by the late architect and designer Alessandro Mendini, ...
NEA Studio showcase seaweed's design potential with hand-crafted algae lamps
The seaweed lamps were inspired by Edwards Anker's ethos of incorporating local and organic materials in her designs to give them a sense of place
Lauren Heath-Jones
Nina Edwards Anker, a Brooklyn-based designer and founder of architecture and design practice NEA Studios, has created a new collection ...
cladkit product news
Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Crown Sports Lockers installed rain of Nebraska Oak clothes lockers with RFID Digilocks in the changing rooms
Lauren Heath-Jones
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities. The upgrade included ...
Duravit launches Tempano shower trays
The Tempano trays feature a state-of-the-art design that combines a linear slope with a high drainage rate
Lauren Heath-Jones
Duravit, a Germany-based bathroom fixtures company, has launched Tempano, a series of easy-to-install shower trays for the home. Available in ...
Mater partners with Ditzel family to create eco-friendly furniture using reclaimed plastic
The furniture uses plastic from recycled fishing nets
Lauren Heath-Jones
Mater, an ethical design brand based in Denmark, has launched a furniture collection made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean. ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates