The European Architecture Students’ Assembly (EASA) is a network of architecture students from all over the continent. Every summer this event takes place in a different country whereby 500 design students, graduates and tutors live together in a self-sustaining, community-like setting. The Assembly 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 the workshops, where around 30 groups of students work on a small project for 2 weeks. The workshops are always linked to the main theme of each summer assembly but they can range from discussing hypotheses and concepts to photography of local people to cooking of food and to the construction of small houses. At the end the 2 weeks everyone is able to present what they have developed and produced throughout the assembly. The workshops allow the participants to broaden their thinking, share knowledge and learn new skills. See the photos from previous events.
f you are interested in becoming a part of EASA, please get in touch with your National EASA Contacts. See the list below.
In the summer of 2016 for the first time in the history of EASA this event will be held in Nida and Lithuania on July 22 - August 07, 2016.
The accommodation place of EASA 2016 is currently abandoned soviet guest house „Golden Dunes“ built in 1964 and reconstructed in 1988. This building has not been functioning as a guest house for the last 9 years and will be opened just for the purpose of EASA 2016. See the pictures bellow - meet your new home! See the pictures below.
The EASA entertainment and workshops place for the two weeks of the event will be the public canteen near the beach of the Baltic Sea. A big project for the time, the construction of the canteen started in 1983, but was never ever finnished and the remains are still standing as were left. See the pictures below.
Nida Art Colony will be our workshops and other activities venue. It is a new subdivision of the Vilnius Academy of Arts, opened in March 2011. The Colony is a meeting place for experienced and emerging artists, designers, architects, curators, art critics and researchers from around the world. Artistic, curatorial and educational process are the core activities. See the pictures below.
The theme of EASA 2016 is:
The concept of the theme comes from Erwin Schrödinger's cat experiment. As to keep it short and simple, here is our explanation of the experiment. Imagine you put a cat in a box with a bomb that in one hour has a 50/50 chance of killing the cat or keeping it alive. What happens after one hour? Common sense says, that the cat is either dead or alive. But Schrodinger points out that at the instance before the box is opened that cat is at the superposition - both dead and alive at the same time. We believe that Nida is both dead and alive at the same time and EASA 2016 is going to open the box.
Nida, as any other place in the world, is facing a lot of factors, that are making impact on its existence. Either these factors are natural or social, economical or political. The natural sand dunes of Nida - one of the biggest in the world - on the one hand are so precious and beautiful, but on the other hand they might bury the town under sand as it happened many years ago. What do we care more - the natural or the urban part of Nida? There are several massive soviet buildings in Nida, that are stuck in time, abandoned for many years. On one hand we want them to be renovated and functioning, on the orther hand the laws are so complicated that almost no one wants to go that way. Nida is at the superposition - both dead and alive at the same time - not yet decided.
Nida is the largest settlement on the Lithuanian half of Curonian Spit; it’s also the spit’s tourist hot spot. Remnants of a former life as an old-fashioned fishing village are plain to see in its pretty wooden cottages and harbour jammed with seafaring vessels, but these days Nida makes its money from holidaymakers and busloads of Germans exploring historical East Prussia.
Natural beauty abounds here, and white-sand beaches are only a 2km walk away through hazy pine forests. To the south is the most impressive dune on the peninsula, Parnidis Dune (Parnidžio kopa), which has steps up to its 52m summit from where there are stunning views of rippling, untouched dunes stretching into Russia.
History. From the late 19th century a colony of artists drew inspiration from the area. Nida developed as a tourist resort and there were five hotels by the 1930s, when the German writer Thomas Mann (1875–1955) had a summer home built here. In 1965 French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre and companion Simone de Beauvoir were granted special permission by Khrushchev to spend five days on the dunes, and Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus was allowed to shoot the pair in the sand.
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