Pause – Building a place for contemplation and meditation

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Location: Fukuoka, Japan
We live in an age of media overstimulation and overconsumption, accelerating the pace of our lives. With ever shifting need to fulfil social and economic requirements, the battle with stress is becoming harder. Hard pressed life has become the current norm while attention to self - to think and contemplate is often considered useless and disregarded. Taking time to return to one’s inner self, digging deep into thoughts and just being can help untangle complexities and contribute towards mental wellbeing.
Meditation has been associated with mental well-being since thousands of years. It is a way of life that is independent of place and time and has a direct effect on health, happiness, sleep and longevity. One of the most significant elements in the healing process is the physical surrounding.
Today, meditation process is mostly practiced in groups, however it is a very personal and individual process and is more effective when practiced in solidarity. In the modern world where different spaces are designed for variety of activities, there are very few devoted to thinking. These spaces can make a better life for humans by providing happiness and quietness as its main features.

Is it possible to build a mental and spiritual utopia? Can a structure located near the city feel like miles away from its busy life? Can a perfect balance between individual and group meditation be achieved?
The aim is to design a place for contemplation where an individual can escape from all the stress and anxiety through meditation. It should also provide overnight spaces for people coming from afar. Since the program and its effectiveness is dependent on physical surroundings, the designed complex should blend in with nature. Creating a human-made natural complex.
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To be announced.
Launch March 11, 2020
Registration ends: 28th Sep 2020
Submission Deadline: 6th Oct 2020
Result Announcement: 3rd Dec 2020

Prize pool of worth 20,000$
First Prize: 5000$ (For students and professionals)
Runner Up: 6 x 1100$ (For students and professionals)
People’s Choice: 4 x 600$ (Open for all)
Honorable Mention: 12 x 500$ Each
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