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What is EASA?

 

EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) is a platform for cultural and educational exchange, connecting Architecture students and professionals from all European countries, and in recent years from all over the world. EASA does not exist as a legitimate international body and has no chairman or any type of directors, but instead is built up of equal representatives spread throughout the whole continent. The assembly is organized by students for students and so provides a unique platform for education where the cultural experience is life-changing. EASA gives a chance to experience architecture in a way that universities are yet unable to provide – it brings students to a certain context, defined by the location and theme of the assembly, where they have to raise architectural questions themselves and investigate them through the eyes of all European cultures simultaneously. Being their own educators, students then elaborate the answers and bring them to reality.

 

EASA spreads over two weeks in summer, often considered by attendees as the most intensive two weeks experienced by far. During these 14 days the multitude of EASAians forms a utopian community which maintains itself – nearly 500 students and professionals work, study, rest, cook, eat, clean and live together. There are participants, tutors, organizers, helpers and guests. The event focuses mostly on the workshops – taking up the majority of time. The event program is essentially packed with lectures, conducted by professionals from divergent spheres of activity, also strongly related to the theme. Exhibitions, open discussions, intuitive one-day workshops and spontaneous performances further investigate the questions arising during the two weeks. Not to be forgotten, there are citizens who EASA warmly befriends.

 

 

EASA network

 

The EASA network currently gathers 49 European national teams, an International team and teams of two sister organizations - NASA (National Association of Students of Architecture) and CLEA (Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Estudiantes de Arquitectura).

 

Easa aims to stretch it's network to academic institutions, organisations and individuals in the architectural field as well as to collaborate with various other organisations and communities.

 

Each participating team is represented by two National Contacts (NCs). They are the life blood of the network. EASA network keeps existing and growing because of them. NCs are responsible for promoting EASA in their countries and beyond all year round. One of their most important tasks is to assemble a team of motivated participants, as well as keeping the team spirit alive during the event.

 

It doesn’t have an official administrative body. It takes legal substance at the level of the country that undertakes the organization of a certain event,  in a form of non-profit organization.

 

 

EASA events

 

EASA

(European Architecture Students’ Assembly)

 

It is the main event of EASA. It takes place every summer in a different European country where over 500 participants live and work together for two weeks. Future EASA events are decided upon almost two years in advance through a bidding process on the INCM.

 

INCM

(Intermediate National Contact Meeting)

 

This is the second biggest EASA event and it works as a decision-making instrument.  It takes place every year in autumn, when it gathers all the NCs to reflect on the past and discuss about the future development of the EASA network. The most important part of the INCM is the bidding process when future EASA and INCM events are decided upon by the NCs.

 

SESAM

(Small European Architecture Students’ Assembly Meeting)

 

This is an assembly with a smaller number of participants. It is organized occasionally an it does not go through the bidding process.

 

ITM

(International Tutor Meeting)

 

ITM is organized by EASA organizers for a small group of people who are interested in applying as workshop tutors. This is an opportunity for them to get to know the location and the theme of the upcoming EASA as well as to furtherdevelop the project.

It is not required to attend the ITM in order to become a tutor.

 

 

people of easa

 

ORGANIZERS

 

Every year a group of crazy architecture students take upon themselves to organize EASA. They decide on the theme and location of the event and work on the organization of EASA event for nearly 2 years. They are responsible for creating the programme, finding sponsors, providing accommodation, food, tools, materials, lectures… and some entertainment as well.  They oversee the whole event from start to finish.

 

RE:EASA's core organizing team consists of 8 architecture students and 1 young architect. They are all volunteers.

 

HELPERS

 

Helpers are a force that keeps the event going, an extension to the organizing team. They are usually experienced EASA-ians who understand the structure of the event, but this is not a rule.

Some of their tasks are working on the info-point, taking care of the tool-box, helping in the kitchen, driving materials to workshops, tending the bar…

The organizers make sure that the helpers shifts are not too long so they can have time to experience the event.

 

TUTORS

 

The backbone of the assembly are the tutors, who run various workshops selected among all the received proposals. They coordinate and lead participants in their work and oversee the whole process and make sure that the results are good. Workshops can be led by individual tutors or groups of up to four tutors.

Tutors are not only architects and architecture students, EASA is an open platform for interdisciplinary exchange.

It is expected of the tutors to be close to the organizers and regularly communicate with them months before, as well as during the event.

 

PARTICIPANTS

 

The participants are the biggest group of people at EASA who represent more than 50 nations around Europe and abroad. They live, work and have fun together for two weeks. As EASA is a self-sustaining community, all the participants take upon themselves the responsibility to clean, cook and contribute to creating a healthy, inspiring and productive environment.

 

GUESTS

 

There is always a fair number of guests at EASA, mostly older EASA-ians who drop in to say hi for a few days, but also new members of the community who cannot stay for the whole duration of the event or just wanted to check out what EASA is with no obligations.

If they want to, guests can make a deal with tutors to help out in one or more workshops during their stay.

 

 

EASA's history

 

1981: Liverpool, England: Starting up the easa Experience

1982: Delft, Netherlands: Architecture of an Uncertain Future

1983: Lisbon, Portugal: Social Spaces

1984: Aarhus, Denmark: Turning point in Architecture

1985: Athens, Greece: Interpretation and Action in the City

1986: Torino, Italy: Architetture Latenti

1987: Helsinki-Putikko, Finland: Architecture and Nature

1988: Berlin, Germany: The Dimension Between

1989: Marseille, France: Heritage et Creativé

1990: Karlskrona, Sweden: Exploration

 

1991: Verkhoturie and Kolomna, ussr: Regeneration

1992: Urgup, Turkey: Vision 2000 Environment

1993: Sandwick, Scotland: The Isle

1994: Liège, Belgium: Consommer l’Inconsumable

1995: Zamosć, Poland: Beyond the Borders

1996: Clermont-l’Hérault, France: Dream Builders!

1997: The Train, Scandinavia: Advancing Architecture

1998: Valletta, Malta: Living on the Edge

1999: Kavala, Greece: Osmosis

2000: Antwerp and Rotterdam, Belgium/Netherlands:

         Dis-Similarities

 

2001: Gökceada, Turkey: No Theme

2002: Vis, Croatia: Senses

2003: Friland, Denmark: Sustainable Living

2004: Roubaix, France: Metropolitan–Micropolitain

2005: Bergün, Switzerland: Trans, Transit, Transition.

2006: Budapest, Hungary: Common Places

2007: Eleusina, Greece: City Index

2008: Dublin-Letterfrack, Ireland: Adaptation

2009: Brescia, Italy: supermarchet

2010: Manchester, uk: Identity

 

2011: Cadiz, Spain: Decoastruction

2012: Helsinki, Finland: Wastelands

2013: Žužemberk, Slovenia: Reaction

2014: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria: Symbioza

2015: Valletta, Malta: Links

2016: Lithuania, Nida: Not Yet Decided

2017: Fredericia, Denmark: Hospitality – Finding the framework

 

2018: Rijeka, Croatia: RE:EASA

 

2019:Villars, Switzerland, EASA Tourist

30 workshops

500 students

2 weeks

one community

EASA aims to stretch it's network to academic institutions, organisations and individuals in the architectural field as well as to collaborate with various other organisations and communities.

EASA is run by students for students. It acts as a platform for an exchange of social, architectural and cultural experiences.

EASA does not exist as a legitimate international body and has no chairman or any type of directors. Its continuity depends solely on the ever-present urge for a supplement to the conventional architectural education and for exploration of methods of architectural engagement. Its coherence and consistence depend solely on trust.

easa was born back in 1981 in Liverpool as a one-time gathering for students who wanted to rethink the architectural education through a direct engagement. Having the city as a provocation, they organized the workshops to practice architecture. EASA has since grown into a network and a community, while the summer assembly is its core manifestation.

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COPYRIGHT

 

European Architecture Students' Assembly  —  EASA Croatia

Zagreb, October 2017

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Alexandra Konochenko, EASA Croatia archive

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easacro@gmail.com

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