For the first time - European Architecture Students Assembly 2016 - in Lithuania
2016 07 23

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
Text by Justinas Jakštonis (The leading organizer of EASA 2016)
More of EASA 2016:
Website > www.easa.lt
Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/EASALithuania
Instagram > https://www.instagram.com/easalithuania
Linkedin > https://www.linkedin.com/company/easa-lithuania
Email > info@easa.lt