EASA 2014 Bulgaria
In the summer of 2014 up to 500 young, emerging architects and artists from over 50 countries around Europe and beyond will gather up in the city of Veliko Tarnovo to take part in a 2-week festival of workshops, lectures, social interaction and monumental experiences. The concept of this annual, pioneering summer-assembly was established in Liverpool in 1981 by local students, determined of organizing an event which would later on revolutionize the international scene of young European architects.

EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly) is a platform for cultural and education exchange, connecting Architecture students and professionals from all European countries, and in recent years from all over the world. EASA does not exist as an international legitimate body, and has no chairman or any type of directors, but instead is build up of equal representatives spread throughout the whole continent. The assembly is organized by students for students and so provides a unique platform for education where the cultural experience is life changing. EASA gives a chance to experience architecture in a way that universities are unable to provide – it brings students to a certain context, defined by the location and theme of the assembly, where they have to raise architectural questions themselves and investigate them through the eyes of all European cultures simultaneously. Being their own educators, students then elaborate the answers and bring them to reality.

In theory every European student of architecture is part of EASA and is connected to the network through their National Contact (NC). These NCs come together once a year at the INCM (Intermediate National Contacts Meeting), typically in October, 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 that there is never a vote on major decisions; rather all decisions must be reached by way of the consensus of those present. EASA is founded on the basis of all decisions being agreed on by consensus; consensus means that issues are discussed until everyone involved in the debate is satisfied and agrees on one course of action. Due to the expansion of Europe there are now more nations involved in EASA meaning debates can include up to 100 people and therefore can run for hours. Because of this consensus is now mostly reserved for more significant decisions such as changes to the guide and future locations of EASA events.
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