European Architecture Students Assembly 2016: "Not Yet Decided"

European Architecture Students Assembly 2016: "Not Yet Decided"

Five hundred of the most progressive architecture students and young, talented architects are heading to Lithuania this summer. For the first time in its history, the European Architecture Students Assembly (EASA) is being organized in the country. The small Lithuanian seaside town of Nida, located on the the Curonian Spit - the 98 km long thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea - will host the event.

Read on to find out more about the assembly, see a selection of past pavilions from the workshops, and find out how you can propose a workshop as a tutor.

EASA is a network of architecture students from all over the continent. Every summer the assembly is held in a different country, where around 500 creative minds live together in a self-sustaining, community-like setting. The event takes place over two weeks and includes lectures, building and theoretical workshops, as well as other cultural and architectural endeavors. EASA acts as a platform for the exchange of social, architectural and cultural experiences. The main focus of the summer assembly is its workshops, in which around 30 groups of students work on different projects for the duration of the 2 week program. EASA workshops are diverse and varied, ranging from the discussion of hypotheses and concepts, to photography of local people and places, to performance art, to the construction of small pavilions and installations.

Geodesies Geometries. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko

This summer (July 22 - August 7) the assembly is coming to Lithuania. The theme of EASA 2016, "Not Yet Decided," rises from both the local problematics of the town where it will be held, and the global perspective of a creative world. This year’s EASA invites a discussion about the power and importance of decision by questioning the decisions that were (or were not) made, are being (or not being) made and will (or will not) be made. The assembly is bringing great minds together to find answers and inspire decisions. The location of this year’s assembly is unique both historically and geographically. The Curonian Spit, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the highest moving (drifting) white sand dunes in Europe.

Antiroom. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko

Up to 30 different creative workshops will be selected during the workshop competition process this year. The selection process is ongoing and applications are open until the 29th of February. Anyone is invited to participate by proposing a workshop idea through the application form. The organizers are seeking to find a team of extremely motivated and professional tutors who will run the two-week long workshops during EASA 2016 in Nida, Lithuania.

Amsterdam Expressionism. Image © Sean Mallia

EASA was first organized in 1981 by two innovative architects - Geoff Haslam and Richard Murphy. The first assembly was called "Liverpool Workshops," taking its name from the English city in which it was held. Architecture students and young professionals were invited by sending a bunch of letters to universities and architecture schools throughout Europe. Around 200 people responded to the invitation and participated in the event. The main goal of the first EASA was to exchange knowledge and practices of the different architecture education systems in Europe.

Il-Bo__a. Image © Sacha Cutajar

These days EASA has grown to become a strong and vital community that uses its potential and creativity to change the world for the better. It is a platform for discussion of hot topics, exchange of ideas, and embodying academic knowledge through the use of traditional tools, as well as the latest technologies. During its 35 years of existence the European Architecture Students Assembly has formed a huge network of architects and architecture students in Europe and around the Globe. EASA is now the biggest event of its kind in Europe and one of the biggest in the World.

Endor. Image © Alexandra Kononchenko
  • Title

    European Architecture Students Assembly 2016: "Not Yet Decided"
  • Type

    Festival / Biennial
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  • From

    July 22, 2016 03:36 PM
  • Until

    August 07, 2016 03:36 PM
  • Venue

    Town of Nida, The Curonian Spit, Lithuania, Europe
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