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EASA Shanzhai

July 28 @ 8:00 am August 11 @ 5:00 pm

One of the most important non-profit architectural networks in Europe is the European architectural Students Assembly (EASA). By linking students and recent graduates in the fields of architecture, urban planning, the arts, and design, it promotes cooperation by means of a decentralized, horizontal learning approach that links theory and reality. A highlight of EASA is its yearly summer residency, which brings together over 400 people for two weeks of immersive workshops and shared housing.

Event Overview

The 44th edition of EASA, with the subject “Shanzhai,” will be held in Benidorm, Spain. This event, which is slated for the summer of 2024, will delve into the creative idea of Shanzhai, a phrase from Chinese that refers to the inventive appropriation and modification of forms or concepts. This methodology questions established ideas about authorship and authenticity in architecture while encouraging an inclusive and cooperative design process.

Understanding “Shanzhai”

Byung-Chul Han, a philosopher from South Korea, defines Shanzhai as the clever and practical modification of preexisting concepts as opposed to the creation of anything wholly original. It is an example of a collaborative approach that democratizes design and architectural education by fusing and changing ideas. In order to promote social and cultural cooperation and inspire participants to challenge preconceived notions about architecture, EASA 2024 will use Shanzhai techniques.


Participants could expect a life-changing experience from EASA 2024, which will provide a forum for investigating Shanzhai techniques in a lively and cooperative setting. With cutting-edge topics and community-driven events, EASA—the largest architecture student network in Europe—continues to set the standard for reinventing architectural education and practice.

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Benidorm, Spain

Av. Papa Juan Pablo II, 03502 Benidorm, Alicante, Spain + Google Map

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