EASA (European Architecture Students Assembly ) is Europe’s longest running decentralised architectural education system. Re-forming annually for over 40 years, it gives different countries in Europe the opportunity to host international projects at the cutting edge of architectural discourse.
For two weeks this summer, EASA Commons will see 500 architecture students from across Europe descend on Sheffield to live and work together on 30 parallel projects exploring land, property and how we share resources.
In partnership with SADACCA (Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association) and working directly with community groups in the city, EASA Commons begins to frame new conceptions of property and development, not generated by wealthy landholders, but instead by the people currently excluded from architectural production and ownership.
By bringing EASA to the city of Sheffield, we will explore the potential of forming contemporary forms of commons in the context of a northern English city, where many grassroots communities face precarity and displacement at the hands of urban regeneration.
EASA is not like other architecture 'summer schools' - the project runs on a non-profit basis and entirely through volunteer work, relying on grants and the generosity of sponsors to make it happen. We therefore need to raise additional money for:
- Material costs for built projects working with community groups .
- Paying our partners SADACCA a proper fee for the use of their space.
- Paying speakers and artists.
- Insurance and adminstrative fees.
We work hard to ensure that, as a space for education, EASA remains accessible to all participants regardless of their social and economic background, only asking for a small fee from each participant to cover the cost of food for the duration of the event. To make this accessible:
- The fees for the event are calculated on a tier system proportionally in reflection of each country's economic context.
- This year we have made a particular effort to install subsidies that account for the different economic capacities within each country.
- Further, we have lowered the fees of all Europeans coming from countries requiring a visa (to account for the cost of their visa applications), and have entirely subsidised the fee for all Ukrainian participants.
The EASA Commons team would be incredibly grateful for your support to make the project the best it can be. For a peek into the world of EASA, watch a documentary on EASA 2017 here . More information can be found at our website and instagram.
- Christina Strantzali
- Mahdi Biagioli