EASA 2015 LINKS
Valletta, malta, 31.07 - 16.08
In the summer of 2015, from 31st of July till 16th of August, up to 500 young, emerging architects and artists from over 50 countries around Europe and beyond will gather up in Malta to take part in a 2-week festival of workshops, lectures, social interaction and monumental experiences.
EASA serves as a platform for architecture students from all over the world. Whilst on EASA hundreds of strangers become a temporary family, a sense of community fills the site and lifelong friendships are nurtured. Ideas, thoughts and cultures are shared. Easians are exposed to unknown things and become one, working, self-sustaining body, exuding and inducing EASA spirit.
Malta is situated on the African plate, strategically located mid-way between two continents. A place influenced by the southern most tip of Italy and the Northern most tip of Africa. An amalgamation of two cultures, resulting in a unique architectural expression; created by people with Mediterranean mannerisms; with a spoken language similar to it’s Semitic counterparts.
Malta is the epitome of merged cultures. Throughout its history Malta has been dominated and influenced by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Argonese, Spanish, Knights of St John, French and British. It has acted as a platform for trade between distant cultures. Always falling subject to rule due to its ideal location and vulnerable population. Each predecessor has left its mark on our tiny island, one which has contributed to the current population’s identity.
Valletta is located on the peninsula known as Mount Xiberras. It is surrounded by two of the main harbours on the island. Construction of the planned city began in 1566, and the architect was Francesco Laparelli. The site was divided into a grid pattern system and the buildings were designed in a mannerist style. The architecture of the city soon lent itself to a baroque nature. The whole city is like an open-air museum and gives a glimpse into Malta’s past, tying layers of generations together in architecture, memory and experience.
EASA SITE Links
It is said that beneath Valletta lies another city. A network of subterranean routes comprising shelters, cellars, wells and passageways. This network is closed off to the public and few are those who have ever experienced underground Valletta.
The EASA site consists of a series of bastions and counter-guards that are all linked together with bridges, tunnels, sally ports and rock cut passageways, all giving onto a main ditch that will act as the hub of EASA. From our hub Easians will have direct access into Valletta’s core where they will merge with locals. Forgotten spaces will be used from all over the city as satellite venues for lectures and activities throughout EASA015.
The 30+ workshops that will take place during the two weeks will reflect the theme and location of the assembly.
Their ethic is in deliberate contrast to the usual introverted and competitive approach in university education, to the output orientated professional context, and expertise and elite approach of many other summer schools. It is the EASA spirit that joins all in a network without hierarchy.
On march 18th, the 30+ workshops of this year’s EASA will be published.
Following, some workshops of the last years.