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European Architecture Students Assembly easa010 Manchester
EASA: European Architecture Students Assembly. EASA was established by students and tutors of Liverpool University in 1981 as a way to bring talented students together to discuss the issues facing both the profession and urban environments. Every summer since then around 400 of the brightest students from every part of Europe have come together for 2 intense weeks of: workshops, lectures, exhibitions and events; in the name of exchange of ideas, culture and experience. In the years since EASA was first conceived it has been held in such ambitious and inspirational situations as: a train travelling across Scandinavia, a renovated WWII destroyer moored to the banks of the Danube in the centre of Budapest and even, in 1988, behind the Berlin wall in East Berlin. At the 2008 meeting of representatives from each country the UK successfully bid to host the 2010 event. This document is a brief introductory overview to EASA and its recent history.
EASA is the only organization of its kind in Europe and is fundamentally different to all other student architecture organisations around the world. Primarily EASA is a network of students, by students, for students, there is no central organisation or board, no standing affiliation with any external establishment exist. There are over 40 countries that cover the whole of the continent’s student population, each of these have 2 National Contacts (NCs), whose role is to promote the network within their country’s student population and be the link between individual students and the other countries in the network. These NCs come together once a year at the INCM (Intermediate National Contacts Meeting), typically in November, to discuss any issues that are facing the network and to choose the venue for the following INCM and EASA summer event. The most striking feature of these meetings is there is never a vote on any decision; rather all decisions must be reached by way of the consensus of those present. Another defining characteristic of EASA is its non-political stand point. This allows for greater cooperation in possibly unexpected ways, for example 2008’s applicants from Northern Ireland applied for participation through the Irish quota; likewise Kosovo students are covered by Serbian NCs. Another unlikely link up occurred with the organisation of the 2008 INCM when students from either side of the divided island of Cyprus collaborated to host the meetings, partly in the no-man’s-land that physically divides the Island.
1981 Liverpool England Starting up the EASA experience 1982 Delft Holland Uncertain future 1983 Lisboa Portugal social spaces 1984 Aarhus Denmark turning point 1985 Athens Greece Interpretation and action 1986 Torino Italy Architecturi Latenti 1987 Helsinki Finland Architecture and nature 1988 Berlin Germany Dimension between 1989 Marseille France Heritage et Creative 1990 Karlskrona Sweden Exploration 1991 Kolomna USSR Regeneration 1992 Urgup Turkey Vision 2000 1993 Sandwick Scotland The Isle 1994 Liege Belgium Consommer lâ€™Incinsumable 1995 Zamosc Poland Beyond the borders 1996 Clermont lâ€™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/Holland Dis-similarities 2001 Gokceada Turkey No theme 2002 Vis Croatia Senses 2003 Friland Denmark Sustainable Living 2004 Roubaix France Metropolitain-Micropolitain 2005 Berguen Switzerland Tran Trans Transit 2006 Budapest Hungary Common Places 2007 Elefsina Greece City Index 2008 Dublin - Letterfrack Ireland Adaptation 2009 Darfo Italy SupermARCHet 2010 Manchester UK Identity
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