Part 1: Sport and the Environment

Urban environment, infrastructure, sustainable mobility

Cultural, economic, political and other effects of sport

Sport, public space and urban mobility

Parks, walking and cycling zones

Hiking and environmentalism

Part 2: Sport Facilities

Capacities of the public space for living and free mobility in comparison to roads and shopping malls

Space needed for free mobility and sport subculture

Sport facilities and areas

Urban environmental policy

Part 3: Open Topics

Free papers in the context of the conference

Part 4: Case Studies

Practical examples (best practice, dysfunctional practice)


Abstract format:

The principle of author autonomy applies to all abstracts. Abstracts are restricted to 3000 characters (including spaces, title, and references). The abstract can be prepared in a form of a research report, a study or an essay.


The presentations can be oral or in a form of a poster.

Application Form:


Conference Sport and Public Space, 20.–23. September 2018, Ljubljana

(The gathered information will be used exclusively for the purpose of this conference.)

Thematic breakdown:

• The basic terms of the conference, sport, place and public, are based on elementary, systemic and presentation level. On the elementary level we deal with human body, personality and community and also the needs and rights of people. On the systemic level we have space as a broad social category and on performance level we discuss exercise and different competition systems. When it comes to the social definition of sport, the conference follows the definition of the Council of Europe, which is given in the White Paper on Sport. In this regard, sport, in the context of the conference, acts as the attendant of mobility needs of the population.

• When we think about the relationship between sport and public space, we cannot avoid seeing our body as the most intimate personal space possible. We need our body for all sport activities and it is also a place where all other human qualities and features reside. This further leads us to question the fate of a human body in the era of unstoppable technological development, which, on top of everything, was not caused by itself but brought about by human activity. What does a body need in such conditions for self-preservation and what other roles of body functions are available? Only then do the questions of community, mutual relationships, social order and living space, which dictates the quality of co-habitation and existence, become relevant. Public space is a necessary, but not a sufficient category for existence. That is why handling of public space is the first task of every profession and public service responsible for care and arrangement of public space. The main question regarding the function of public space is the division of territories in different priority zones (footpaths and playgrounds, shopping centres, industrial zones, office buildings …) and sustainability and protection of public order as the main factor for the usage of public space. But, equally important, how can public space serve more than its narrow, instrumental purpose of efficient and safe movement and mobility? How can public space facilitate for the construction of social and cultural meaning and value? How can public space open for meaningful human interaction and even creativity? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this conference.

• It is hard to imagine sustainable mobility in a modern urban environment without sports activities. On the level of exercise, sport is a scientifically and expertly supported system of repeated motions, while on performance level, it is a concept on which sports events are based on. Sport, therefore, articulates the innate and cultured mobility needs and, by doing that, it attributes immensely to vitality and populations’ quality of life. To ensure sustainable mobility, it is of vital importance that the public infrastructure complies with the mobility needs (primary mobility) of the citizens. It is important to proportionally restore the spatial standards for parks, footpaths and bike lanes. Hiking is also of special importance, as it is the most adventurous form of environmental protection.

• Sport, by its nature, has a big impact on the function of public space and urban mobility. In modern society, the question of sport subculture (informal settlers) is very relevant. The same goes for the question of humanisation of the degraded areas with sport contents. There is also a lot of potential in the usage of sport facilities outside the organizer practice. The key urban condition for the usage of outdoor sport areas is their placement in the accommodating city structure. The impact of sport on the urban environmental policy could be bigger and more productive both from the point of view of sustainable mobility and from the healthy living environment’s perspective.

• Public space is inseparably connected to public interest. Public interest includes the entire population. The main factor of public interest is public health. Public health also concerns the health of the community (the state of human relations, employment, existential security …).

• The most important thing when we deal with public space is to comply with the physical lawfulness of space and when we deal with mobility needs, we must consider phylogenetic factors. Humans, same as every other creature, require living space as much as physical exercise. Their existence, self-image and the ability to cohabit depend on that.