European Architecture Students Assembly

European Architecture Students Assembly

European Architecture Student Assembly was founded in 1981 by architect students like Geoff Haslam and Richard Murphy and is closely related to the Winterschool concept, which organises similar events for UK students of architecture.EASA takes place each summer in a different country, with the event usually lasting two weeks. It is organised by students of architecture for students of architecture and the concept is operated on a cooperative basis. At each event the participants decide on the location of the following event.Typically 400 students take part in the event and engage in workshops, exhibitions, lectures and social events loosely based around a specific theme. These events are run by a combination of academics and students and encompass a wide variety of activities with a greater or lesser relationship to architecture.The event is funded through a combination of attendance fees (which vary for each country based upon ability to pay), grants and sponsorship, all arranged by the organising committee for each event.

EASA has little or no formal structure in that each event is organised as a unique occurrence- though a system of National Contacts, NC's, that ensures, that the event each year is well supported. NC's also typically meet once a year to discuss the previous EASA and prepare for the next. Students come from over 40 European countries to the event each year. Recent Assemblies have seen students participating from the USA and Central American countries.

EASA Summer Meetings

*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 Verkotourie and Kolomna, USSR: Regeneration (This assembly was held at two sites)
*1992 Ürgüp, Turkiye: Vision 2000 Environment
*1993 Sandwick, Scotland: The Isle
*1994 Liège, Belgium: Consommer l'Inconsumable
*1995 Zamość, Poland: Beyond the Borders
*1996 Clermont l'Herault, France: Dream Builders!
*1997 The Train, Scandinavia: Advancing Architecture(This assembly was held onboard a train driving through Denmark, Sweden, and Norway)
*1998 Valetta, 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: Metropolitain - Micropolitain,
*2005 Berguen, Switzerland: Trans, Transit, Transition.
*2006 Budapest, Hungary: Common Places
*2007 Elefsina, Greece: City Index
*2008 Dublin-Letterfrack, Ireland: Adaptation

INCM ( Intermediate National Contact Meeting)

The INCM is held every year in autumn. They are the main event next to the assembly to keep the continuity of easa. There have been such memorable meetings like Berlin 1990, where the "Lichterfelder statement" was made. The "Lichterfelder Statement" later became the "easa-guide" developed, which is updated yearly at the NC-meetings..

*1991 Berlin, Germany (Lichterfelder statement)
*1992 Torino, Italy
*1993 Ljubljana, Slovenia
*1994 Tallinn, Estonia
*1995 Zürich, Switzerland
*1996 Istanbul, Turkey
*1997 Sinaia, Romania
*1998 Sandomierz, Poland
*1999 Mannheim, Germany
*2000 Tal-Fanal, Gozo, Malta
*2001 Berlin, Germany
*2002 Bornholm, Denmark
*2003 Ljubljana, Slovenia
*2004 Belgrade, Serbia
*2005 Brighton, United Kingdom
*2006 Moscow, Russia
*2007 Motovun, Croatia

ESAM (Small European Architecture Students Assembly)

The SESAM is an event arranged by the EASA network. Like the basic idea of the EASA, a SESAM can give an addition and/or alternative to the education of the students. The independence and off-university-character creates an informal atmosphere. The SESAM is a workshop with a small number of participants. Through this concentrated character the SESAM allows to work on a tight theme. After a number of similar events in the year before in Italy, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, etc., the first EASA workshop with the name SESAM was realized 1992 in Villafames (October, 50 participants). SESAM2007 will be held in Aarhus, Denmark on 23-25 november 2007.


Each year, during EASA, one of the workshops is dedicated to cover the event by reporting about events and workshops in a newspaper-like fashion. This workshop and hence the newspaper is typically called umbrella, or variation of the local word for umbrella. This newspaper is usually published on a daily basis and has been an integral part of EASA since the early 1980s. In recent years, The Umbrella Workshop has also embraced new media, and also runs EASA TV during the event.

External links

* [ EASA]
* [ EASA 2008 (IRE)]
* [ EASA 2007 (GR)]
* [ EASA 2006 (HU)]
* [ EASA 2005 (CH)]
* [ EASA 2004 (FR)]
* [ EASA 2003 (DK)]
* [ EASA 2002 (HR)]
* [ EASA's Latin American Counterpart]
* [ Umbrella 2003]
* [ Umbrella 2004]
* [ Collection of recent years Umbrellas]
* [ EASA guide]

Photo Pages

* [ Jelk's EASA page]
* [ Marko's EASA Page]
* [ Flickr]
* [ ...more photo links]

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