easa010 UK - Manchester Information document 005
31st July - 15th August
01 EASA . .
02 Summer Assembly . .
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Accommodation and duties
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Integration and legacy
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History 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
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
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
In the summer of 2010 the European Architecture Students Assembly is returning to England for the first time. This document is an overview of easa010. It covers all aspects of the event, from the EASA network to what to expect from the fortnight of the summer assembly. EASA is a uniquely vibrant event that will leave a massive positive impact on the field of architecture in this country. Any one interested in being involved, sponsoring or attending any EASA events will find this an invaluable reference resource.
EASA is a network of students. It is by students for students of students. EASA has no standing affiliation with any organisation, be it academic or corporate. EASA has no centrality; there is no board or chairman. In theory every student in Europe is connected via their NC (National Contact) to every other student. EASA requires no annual fee and has no form of membership.
Overview 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, 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. The organization is a one 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 continentâ€™s student population, each of these have 2 National Contacts (NCs), whose role is to promote the network within their countryâ€™s student population and be the link between individual students and the other countries in the network. EASA has a non-political stand point.
02 Summer Assembly
TITLE Title Image IMAGE Workshops WORKSHOPS
The main focus of all summer assemblies is the workshops. The only common element of the workshops is they relate to the theme of the event way. As such there there are are aa huge huge range range of of workshops workshops that that could, could,and and in some way, as such have, been undertaken at easa assemblies. That said all workshops, broadly speaking, will fall into one of three categories: Theoretical, usually requiring little more than a few laptops and bundles of paper. Theoretical with a built output aim to design and build some sort of structure all within the two week timeframe. Large build, predesigned by the tutors and are generally more ambitious in scale. After a school year of theory and drawing some participants want nothing more than to get their hands on some tools and build.
Output OUTPUT As the workshops vary so does output that they create. Some achieve As the workshops vary so does output that they create. Some achieve investigations only possible when you bring together such varied investigations only possible when you bring together such varied experience and outlooks, whilst most create physical structures of all sizes. experience and outlooks, whilst most create physical structures of all sizes. These structures vary between: These structures vary between:
only existing during an event or exhibition, as with Temporal: only existing during an event or exhibition, as with Nomadic Nomadic Instamatic in Ireland which used a single building element to Instamatic in Ireland which used a single building element to create various create various structures during a walking tour through the national park. structures during a walking tour through the national park.
Temporary: the results of theoretical workshops are so Temporary: the results of theoretical workshops are so unpredictable
unpredictable that they often create pieces that are of a small to medium that they often create pieces that are of a small to medium scale in the scale in the pavilion tradition. These pieces whilst not generally weather pavilion tradition. These pieces whilst not generally weather hardy can be hardy can be moved to form parts of exhibitions after the event. moved to form parts of exhibitions after the event.
Permanent: EASA has a fine tradition of making provision for Permanent: EASA has a fine tradition of making provision for larger
larger scale builds that remain in position after long after the event has scale builds that remain in position after long after the event has moved moved on. Among many examples of this are a bridge built in Switzerland on. Among many examples of this are a bridge built in Switzerland and a and a smoking shelter built at 008 Ireland. smoking shelter built at 008 Ireland.
Accommodation and duties ACCOMMODATION AND DUTIES
Key to the success of a summer assembly is the spirit of togetherness that Key to theover success of aweeks summer assembly emerges the two of the event. is the spirit of togetherness that emerges over the two weeks of the event. A summer assembly is not a holiday and this is particularly reflected in the A summer assembly is not aThe holiday is particularly reflected the accommodation provision. best and waythis to prepare a participant for in easa accommodation The best way to prepare a participant easa is to tell them to provision. expect camping conditions. Participants sleep infor a shared is to tell them to expect camping conditions. Participants sleep in a shared communal space, generally on scaffolding. Despite the initial surprise of communal space, generally on scaffolding. Despite the initial surprise of some it is this arrangement that brings people together through a shared some it is this arrangement that brings people together through a shared experience. experience. Each nation is included in a rota of duties. Typically twice during the event Each nation nation will is included inon a rota of duties.a Typically twice during the event each be called to complete duty; either serving meals or each nation will be called on to complete a duty; either serving meals or cleaning the accommodation. Despite the need to get up early or eat late, cleaning need to get upthe early or eat late, the dutiesthe areaccommodation. always respectedDespite and arethe seen to connect participants the duties are always respected and are seen to connect the participants with the event. with the event.
The UK team is proud to be able to bring an event of such international stature and enduring vibrancy to the country that started it all in 1981. easa010 will be a city centre assembly with a keen focus on urbanity, social integration and legacy. The urban setting will provide a vibrant setting for the assembly; with Manchesterâ€™s dynamic history acting as inspiration to a generation of young architects looking to the future.
Manchester Following a year of preparation and organisation, a UK team presented a bid to host the 30th EASA summer assembly in Manchester in 2010. Backed by institutions both academic and professional, the team travelled to a meeting for all the representatives from each of the active nations in EASA, in Nicosia Cyprus. The UKs bid centred around four main pillars: urbanity, density, integration and legacy. The easa network selected the UK on the creditable ambition of the UKs bid, along with the professionalism and quality of the bid presentation.
The decision of location was the single most critical decision for the success of the assembly. With the whole of the United Kingdom available as a potential location a number of key factors were focused on. The organisation team decided very early that the event should be held in one of the UKs many vibrant cities to showcase most fully what contemporary UK has to offer. It was also felt that an urban environment would be more stimulating for the production of what we are determined will be a successful and inspiring assembly. Manchester was singled out as the ideal location to host an event of this type for numerous reasons. The city enjoys an inspiring past; among many other things Manchester was the birthplace of the industrial revolution and later played an integral role in the information revolution. Where better to bring architecture students to inspire them towards the future of architecture? Manchester also enjoys a healthy status on the world stage, with the recent hosting of the commonwealth games and both major UEFA club football finals. Finally and possibly most importantly Manchester was seen as a positively minded city, with a track record of supporting events, that would embrace the EASA community and show the ambition required to live up to the expectations and efforts the organisers are investing in bringing this internationally respected event to England.
Each assembly runs under the umbrella of a theme; it is from this theme Each assembly runs under the umbrella of a theme, it is from this theme that potential tutors draw up proposals for workshops to run. The theme that potential tutors draw up proposals for workshops to run. The theme will draw on contemporary issues facing the profession of architecture. will draw on contemporary issues facing the profession of architecture. The choice of theme goes hand in hand with the choice of location for the The choice of theme goes hand in hand with the choice of location for the assembly. The location will have a strong and specific connection with the assembly. The location will have a strong and specific connection with the theme, thus allowing for relevant output from workshops. theme, thus allowing for relevant output from workshops. The theme for easaUK2010 is Identity. This theme draws on the issues The theme for easaUK2010 is Identity. This theme draws on the issues facing architecture in the modern world, where information technology and facing architecture in the modern world, where information technology and transportation systems have reduced the time distances between global transportation systems have reduced the time distances between global locations, forcing locations to compete on a deeper level than geographical locations, forcing locations to compete on a deeper level then geographical birthright. birthright.
Manchester is a city with a broad history for innovation in many fields; Manchester is a city with a broad history for innovation in many fields; since its explosion in growth during the industrial revolution it has been since its explosion in growth during the industrial revolution it has been the home of, and renowned for, many subsequent advancements in science, the home of, and renowned for, many subsequent advancements in science, culture and technology. None of these however, have singularly defined culture and technology. None of which, however, have singularly defined the city in the consciousness. It is a city that so far has refused the allure of the city in the consciousness. It is a city that so far has refused the allure of branding. branding.
Image Integration and legacy INTEGRATION AND LEGACY
The organising team consider easa010 as having the dual potential to inspire a generation of European architecture students to greater things whilst also providing a platform for the city of Manchester and its inhabitants to present its talent, passion and culture. Central to the bid was the firm desire to create integration between the event and the local population. To achieve this easaUK2010 is keen to work parties, parties, from thefrom established commercial buildingbuilding industryindustry through to with various the established commercial grass roots artists. through to grass roots artists. To further engage the public at large there will be a series of events running up to and continuing in the two week assembly itself. These events will bring architecture, easaUK2010 and the city to the people.
sponsor national spanish sponsor evening evening night lectures
lecture national event evening
end of easa010
workshop fair & participant selection
official opening & walking tours
arrival to easa010
Events easa010 has a packed timetable with events engaging with both the public and companies that have chosen to support us. The majority of the daytime schedule is concentrated on the succesful completion of the workshops, with the evenings focussed on networking, presentations, lectures and cultural exchange.
List of events: Official Opening / An afternoon at the Manchester Town Hall
welcoming the 400 delegates to the city, with speeches from important city officials and supporters.
Walking Tours / Following the official opening selected architects, artists and urbanists will lead groups of approximately 20 around the city centre, each giving their own interpretation of architectural and cultural Manchester.
Workshop Presentations & Fair /
Tutors from all 25 workshops will give a presentation allowing the participants and the public know what each workshop is all about. The following day participants can sign up to their favoured workshop. The workshop fair will take place in the foyer of the Symposium venue, maximising visibility.
events Symposium / One of the jewels in the easa010 crown, the symposium will bring together some of the most relevant thinkers in the architecture and design world today. From home and abroad the speakers will discuss the theme ‘Identity’ in a mixture of lectures and debates in a stellar Manchester venue. For more details as speakers confirm please check www.easauk.net.
Student Lectures / Continuing the by-students-for-students ethos of the assembly, we are opening the floor to the easa010 participants. As an entry requirement this year, all 400 delegates must write an essay about the theme of ‘Identity’. After being judged by Manchester’s architectural educations finest, the winners will lead debates into the issues raised in their essay. These less formal discussions should provide an interesting comparison to the symposium the day before.
Excursion / We have unusually chosen to give our participants a two day excursion. With so much surrounding Manchester we thought one day just wasn’t enough. Firstly we will take them to Styal, just south of the city. Styal is a beautiful part of the English countryside worth visiting for that alone. Fortunately however, it also houses a fully functional original water mill from the cotton boom, giving a great insight to the Northwest’s past. After a night of camping here we will push onto Liverpool. Not going to Liverpool wasn’t an option for us. As the birthplace of EASA and its relevance to the theme, we are arranging local architects to give walking tours to this fascinating city.
Sponsor Evening / A chance for all sponsors to meet the delegates and network amongst themselves. Being held in one of Manchester’s finest gallery with a drinks reception and nibbles.
Sponsor Lectures / Sponsors are given the chance to talk to the assembly in return for their commitment to a worthy cause.
easaday easa010 culminates on the final Saturday of the assembly when the outputs of the workshops will be put on public display on what we are calling easaDAY. Central to the organisation principles for easa010 is a desire to allow a genuine interaction with the public of Manchester, allowing the participants a genuine sense of involvment in the location and maximising the impact of such an inherently creative and inspiring event with residents of the city. easaDAY will allow people in the city on a typical Summer’s Saturday to see, engage with, interact and enjoy the various exhibits, which will range from pavillions to performances. Working closely with Manchester City Council, easa010 will take over a range of city centre public spaces, as well as opening up indoor exhibition spaces. To pomote the event, easaDAY has been adopted as part of the Council’s Summer calender, affording promotion in official Council promotional material and on the event’s website. In addition, easa010 will be producing maps of the exhibition locations with the timetable allowing the public and participants to maximise what they see on this day of celebration.
Manchester Town Hall
An urban setting for Manchester allows the assembly to make use of a range of engaging and inspiring spaces and locations. Our portfolio of spaces is continuing to grow, but at the time of writing our main space partners are: CityCo & Manchester City Council - providing a wide array of public spaces and squares across the city for exhibitions. Manchester Town Hall (pictured) - Civic Recption and official opening. Hope Mill, Ancoats - Major construction, build workspace. easaHQ, First Street - office and organisation hub. Noise Lab, Market Street - workshop space and exhibitions and talks.
Workshops As organisers we set the stage for easa010, but it is the workshops that define the majority of the event. This year we received over 50 workshop applications, with applications coming from students and professionals alike. The workshops selected for easa010 range from theoretical research to building pavilions to performance based outputs, but at the core to all is a firm architectural integrity and a level of engagement with the public. The selected workshops can be viewed at www.easauk.net In addition to the 20 workshops tutored by members of the EASA network there will be 5 generated by the city of Manchester. These will range from competition workshops aimed at leaving a built legacy in the host city, to theoretical workshops in the EASA tradition. The following pages are three selected workshops which are taking place at easa010.
The aim is not only to investigate and create environmental responsive models, but equally to discuss and challenge our understanding of architectural changeability, dynamic behaviour, materiality and expression. How do we understand continuity and alterations in relation environment? How do we understand information and its transformation? Is architecture persistent or in persistent change?
The workshop explores responsive strategies and systems, which is in constant interaction with its physical environment. By considering the design process as continually cycling between the analogue and the digital, we imagine a construct that continually redefines itself in relation to its perpetually changing context.
ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSE - ARCHITECTURE OF PERSISTENT TRANSFORM
This high-tech proposal explores responsive strategies and systems. Using robotics to build an â€˜aliveâ€™ pavillion which responds directly to the people inside, and other external factors; aiming to adapt its idenity in real time to its environment Tutors: Stig Anton Nielson & David Engell Jessen (Denmark)
The river Irwell will be central to the exploration of this workshop. Areas of weakness and areas of potential will be pin pointed to propose eventual solutions. Models will be produced to show proposals for the different stretches of the river. The methodology aims to reveal flaws in large urban projects where a single stroke approach is taken to resolve the whole design. Tutors: Sergio Romero & Luis Palacios (Spain)
Performance and Manchester Identifying performance zones throughout Manchester and enhancing them. Encouraging performance, the workshop will investigate the improvement of the zones, enhancing, performing and documenting the process. How does one recognise a street performer and how do you engage with the act? The workshop will see 3 built interventions in Manchester, designed by the participants and paraded through the city. Tutors: Helen-Rose Condon & Cecily Quentin-Weeks (Ireland).
Hope mill competition For one of our flagship workshops we have decided to launch an International Student Competition for the conversion of a floor of a Georgian Mill into artist studios.
Art Needs Cheap Space
Manchester is known as a city of mills. In recent times, the decline of the cotton industry led to many of them becoming empty, to be appropriated by musicians and artists in search of cheap spacious places to make their work. Together these people created the cultural scene known as â€˜Madchesterâ€™. As the economic fortunes of the city improved during the past two decades, these old buildings gained a more general appeal. Sooty bricks sandblasted clean, they were converted to investment apartments and offices: this process is now so far advanced that there are very few cheap studios available near the city.
Regeneration East Manchester is one of the most economically deprived places in the UK. Over the past ten years, it has been the focus of government regeneration initiatives including the redevelopment of large areas of housing and the construction of a new tram line. With all this investment, Hope Mill is easier to get to and safer than it was. The fourth floor is currently popular with artists and the plan is to expand into the unused fifth floor. The competition will result in a great space for Mancunian artists to enjoy for years after easa010. The deadline for entries is 28th May 2010.
Image publications Literature Among the responsibilities of the organising team is to produce a Final Report collating the process of organising the assembly. In addition to this required text easa010 is set to produce two books that, unlike the final report, will be available for purchase. The first of these books will act as a catalogue of the workshops, events, lectures and experiences of the assembly itself. The second publication will cover the entire organisation period, focusing on the exhibitions held in easaHQ and the engagement workshops held in the run up to the assembly.
Film For our own documentation of the event and to publicise EASA to a broader audience, we are in negotiation with film makers for the recording and distribution of a professionally made documentary.
The energy and interest generated by the build up to easa010 affords the opportunity to deliver on the commitment to integration and legacy. The team was loaned use of 43 Hulme Street by ASK Devemlopments for the porpose of organising easa010. We moved in in May 2009 and renovated half the former office into a gallery space. Between moving in and easa010 easaHQ will have played host to over a dozen exhibitions. Outside the walls of easaHQ the team have taken EASA to the streets. By the time easa010 starts in July 2010 easaUK will have run or collaborated in 8 events in the city centre designed to engage the local population
04 Build up
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List of exhibitions:
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List of exhibitions:
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CONTACTS more information firstname.lastname@example.org details on becoming a Partner or Backer, sponsoring an event and building sponsorship email@example.com to become a helper or volunteer firstname.lastname@example.org media information email@example.com to join the mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org visit easaUK2010 Ltd easaHQ - First Street, 43 Hulme Street, Manchester. M15 6AW phone 0161 2350808 web www.easauk.net