EASA [European Architecture Students Assembly] is an international young architects network which, in collaboration with professional architects and artists, investigates today’s architecture, city and technology. It is a communication platform for the exchange of ideas, experiences and reflections, the starting point for interactions in the city field.
EASA was founded in 1981 when architecture students from Liverpool, invited their fellow students from the rest of Europe to come and discuss, proposing solutions for the problems of their city. Approximately 300 young architects gathered, starting up with EASA’s collective institution: “starting up the easa experience”, was the first theme of the congress. Since then, every year, European architects-students, meet in a different city with the intention of exchanging ideas and views on architecture, as well as acting within the city itself.
400 young architects meet for two weeks every summer participating in lectures, conversations, workshops, exhibitions, related to the theme proposed by the specific city. The theme is related to reflections posed by the place of conduction itself and the actions-interventions are in both the theoretical and practical levels.
The EASA network
Apart from the annual meeting, EASA supports the international communication and exchange network through its’ representatives in every country [National Contact/ N.C.]. The representatives [2 for each country] communicate with each other during the whole year and meet every November, for one week [National Contact Meeting] in a different country. During these meetings the results from the latest summer meeting are being discussed, and the proposal for the next meeting is being chosen.
EASA is an organization that takes legal substance every time, at the level of the country that undertakes the organization of the annual congress. Each country defines the selection procedure of its representatives and participants in the EASA activities. The NCmeeting [National Contact meeting] is the EASA decision-making instrument. These are meetings with participants of the representatives from every European country that take place [a] during the annual summer congress and [b] every November at the special INCmeeting [Intermediate National Contact meeting].
SESAM [small EASA meeting].
These are smaller meetings that take place during the year in different countries with the participation of 100 members and consist of workshops, lectures etc. WINTERSCHOOL European meetings that are being organized every winter by architecture schools of England.
EASA also participates and organizes other events such us competitions and exhibitions.
1981_ England LIVERPOOL Starting up the EASA Experience
1982_ Netherlands DELFT Architecture of an Uncertain Future
1983_ Portugal LISBOA Social Spaces
1984_ Denmark AARHUS Turning point in Architecture
1985_ Greece ATHENS Interpretation and Action in the City
1986_ Italy TORINO Architecturi Latenti
1987_ Finland HELSINKI Architecture and Nature
1988_ Germany BERLIN The Dimension Between
1989_ France MARSEILLE Heritage et Creativé
1990_ Sweden KARLSKRON Exploration
1991_ USSR KOLOMNA Regeneration
1992_ Turkey ÜRGÜP Vision 2000 Environment
1993_ Scotland SANDWICK The Isle
1994_ Belgium LIEGE Consommer l’Inconsumable
1995_ Poland ZAMOSC Beyond the Borders
1996_ France CLERMONT L’HERAULT Dream Builders!
1997_ Scandinavia THE TRAIN Advancing Architecture
1998_ Malta VALETTA Living on the Edge
1999_ Greece KAVALA Osmosis
2000_ Belgium/Netherlands ANTWERP/ROTTERDAM Dis-Similarities
2001_ Turkey GÖKÇEADA Sustainability
2002_ Croatia VIS Senses
2003_ Denmark FRILAND Sustainable Living
2004_ France ROUBAIX Metropolitain- Micropolitain
2005_ Switzerland BERGUN Tran, Trans, Transit
2006_ Hungary BUDAPEST Common Place
2007_ Greece ELEFSINA city_index
2008_ Ireland LETTERFRACK Adaptation
2009_ Italy DARFO superm[ARCH]et
2010_ UK MANCHESTER ID
2011_ Spain MADRID-CADIZ deCOASTruction
2012_Finland HELSINKI wastelands