The European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) is a platform for an exchange of ideas and knowledge for European students of architecture. This is achieved primarily by the EASA – Summer Assembly and also by the SESAM – Small European Students of Architecture Meeting, and the INCM – Intermediate National Contact Meeting. Easa is not an established organization but a non-political and non-profit network aimed at bringing people together. The essence of the easa, since its beginning in Liverpool in 1981, is maintained by the ‘easa spirit’ – easy to feel but difficult to describe. In the UK, it’s represented by easa.uk, through UK National Contacts.
Easa is a practical network for communication, meeting, and exchange. Here architecture students can discuss their ideas, work together and exchange their experiences concerning architecture, education or life in general. By holding assemblies in different countries we have the chance to discover their cultural, historical, and environmental background. By exploring new dimensions of communication, reflection and presentation we can achieve a new perspective of dealing with the architectural profession. The aim of the easa is for those who participate to have an extraordinary experience.
Each easa – summer assembly has a theme. It is the starting point for our common adventure. An adventure that gathers different cultures and ideas of architecture. It has to be strong, powerful and generating the project.
EASA was established in 1981, when students of architecture from Liverpool invited their fellow students from Europe to come and help them solve problems in their city. About 300 students gathered to work on the theme ‘starting up the EASA experience’. Since then there have been assemblies in different countries with 400 to 500 participants each year [year, place, theme]:
1981 LIVERPOOL, England Starting up the EASA Experience 1982 DELFT, Netherlands Architecture of an Uncertain Future 1983 LISBOA, Portugal Social Spaces 1984 AARHUS, Denmark Turning point in Architecture 1985 ATHENS, Greece Interpretation and Action in the City 1986 TORINO, Italy Architecturi Latenti 1987 HELSINKI, Finland Architecture and Nature 1988 BERLIN, Germany The Dimension Between 1989 MARSEILLE, France Heritage et Creativé 1990 KARLSKRONA, Sweden Exploration 1991 KOLOMNA, USSR Regeneration 1992 ÜRGÜP, Turkiye Vision 2000 Environment 1993 SANDWICK, Scotland The Isle 1994 LIÈGE, Belgium Consommer l’Inconsumable 1995 ZAMOSC, Poland Beyond the Borders 1996 CLERMONT L’HERAULT, France Dream Builders! 1997 THE TRAIN, Scandinavia Advancing Architecture 1998 VALETTA, Malta, Living on the Edge 1999 KAVALA, Greece, Osmosis 2000 ANTWERP/ROTTERDAM,Belgium/Netherlands Dis-Similarities 2001 GÖKÇEADA, Turkiye No Theme 2002 VIS, Croatia Senses 2003 FRILAND, Denmark Sustainable Living 2004 ROUBAIX, France Metropolitain-Micropolitain, 2005 BERGUEN, Switzerland Trans, Transit, Transition.
To come: 2006 BUDAPEST, Hungary CommonPlaces