In 2020 EASA will take place in Valga/Valka, which will be home for 500 architecture students during the two week long summer school.
Split in half by the border of Estonia and Latvia, Valga is far away from of the capitals. Valgas “growth” strategy is strange for the small town that it is. Being aware that the population of the town is shrinking and changes to it doesn’t seem to be in sight, the town seems to be accepting the situation:

“The town should be adapted to the needs and wishes of the current population, to create a more attractive and greener, smaller and more compact town. Some buildings should be demolished, the city center revitalized. The shrinking of the population can be stopped, when you satisfy the needs of the people.”

The following quote has been uttered by Jiri Tintera, the town architect and the mind behind this, what we would describe as  “radically rational” planning strategy.
Small shrinking towns can be found anywhere in Europe, but there is a lot to learn from Valga's backwards strategy. EASA 2020 will not look at Valga as a periphery to two countries but as a center of region, who has accepted their faith and are thriving with what they have got. Instead of fixing, EASA will learn from its location.