It is very hard to define what EASA(European Architecture Students Assembly) is. Technically it is a Network, the biggest architecture students network in Europe. The European Architecture Students Assembly has more than a three-decade-long tradition. It was established in 1981 in Liverpool with the purpose of connecting with students from other European countries.
Attendees exchange experiences and cultural knowledge, ideas and thoughts, through which they study the hosting place, make proposals for development issues, include the local community and interact with the surroundings. The Assembly itself gathers half a thousand students of architecture each summer from more than 200 Schools of Architecture. The main activities are various practical and theoretical workshops held by skilled tutors, accompanied by lectures by local and international architects.
“EASA acts as a platform for an exchange of social, architectural and cultural experiences.”
The Network moves to a new venue every year, providing fresh views and challenges in practical spatial design and theory. The organizing process is run by individual volunteers, who make the core of the assembly by combining the location and theme, finding partners and sponsors. The Network and its events always happen at a certain location for a specific reason. This can arise from the desire to socialize, create, learn, change, draw attention to problems, civil initiative etc. The success of the assembly depends on everyone’s personal involvement, i.e. ‘the more you put in it, the more you get out of it’. For two weeks the EASA community becomes self-sufficient. It brings a unique creative spirit among the participants, also known as the EASA Spirit which is difficult to describe but easy to feel.
The summer assembly focuses on the workshops, in which around 30 groups of students work on a small project for two weeks. The workshops are always linked to the main theme of each summer assembly, but their topics may range from discussing hypotheses and concepts or photographing local people to cooking food or constructing pavilions. At the end of these two weeks everyone is given a chance to present what they have developed and produced. The workshops allow the participants to broaden their thinking, share knowledge and learn new skills.