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arch8 The Soul Temple Design Competition

13 June 2022

Urbanization, which is defined as a rise in the number of cities and urban population, is not only a demographic trend, but also encompasses social, economic, and psychological changes. One of the most pressing global health challenges of the twenty-first century is the increasing growth of urban populations around the world.

arch8 The Soul Temple competition 2022

arch8 The Soul Temple Design Competition 2022

With urbanisation comes a distinct combination of benefits and drawbacks. This population shift is accompanied by economic expansion and industrialisation, as well as significant shifts in social structure and family life patterns. Increased stresses and factors such as an overcrowded and polluted environment, high levels of violence, and limited social support all have an impact on mental health. The challenges are diverse and the entire population is affected by urbanisation.

Psychoses, depression, sociopathy, substance abuse, alcoholism, criminality, delinquency, vandalism, family dissolution, and estrangement are only a few of the diseases and deviancies linked to urbanisation. Given the wide range of health and wellness outcomes linked to environment exposure, the loss in nature experiences could be a direct cause to these difficulties. Exposure to nature has an important behavioural component with people choosing how often and how long they interact with the natural world.

Hence, people need a place where they can interact with nature and their inner self. Studies have showed that spending more time with nature and having a quiet place to meditate helps with a lot of physical and mental problems that one faces in urban lifestyle. Not the gardens, not the parks, but a space dedicated specifically to achieve peace of mind.


Design a space for people to go to find inner peace. A place where they can interact with nature and meditate in peace. A space where one can find exposure to the environment. Craft a space where people can achieve their peace of mind in betweeen the hustles of their city lives.

  • Aim is to provide a space for people to self therapise themselves or in small groups to keep up with the pace of urban cities.
  • Outline a space which takes people away from their daily struggles and problems, and helps them in achieving their harmony.
  • Incorporate spaces for therapeutic activities like meditation, yoga etc.
  • Incorporate nature integrated/interactive solutions
  • The space should work alike for people of every age group
  • There is no site restriction
  • There is no area restriction


  • The Proposal to be presented on One Landscape Oriented A1 Sheet.
  • Proposals can be presented using any technique of your choice ( Sketches, 2D Drawings, 3D Visualizations, Models, etc. )
  • Team code (UIC) to be mentioned on the Top Right-Hand corner of the sheet.
  • The proposal MUST NOT include any information (name, Organization, School, etc.) that may give away your identity.
  • All text must be in ENGLISH, with a maximum of 150 words for project explanation.
  • All dimensions should be imperial or metric units.


Indian National

Foreign NationalEarly-bird Registration

1st JUN – 3Oth JUN’22

450 INR

10 USD

Standard Registration

1st JUL – 20th JUL’22

520 INR 13 USD

Late Registration

21st JUL – 10th AUG’22

750 INR20 USD


A team can have up to 3 members.

The amount is non-refundable.

Late registered participants will receive 10 extra days for submission.


Anyone can participate irrespective of profession or qualification, and present their ideas. Participants can submit multiple entries but that would require multiple registrations.

A team can have up to 3 members.


Registration deadline: 10th AUGUST 2022

Submission deadline: 15th AUGUST 2022

The submission deadline for all the participants who registered from 21st July to 10th August is 25th AUGUST 2022

Result announcement: 30th AUGUST 2022

*All the Deadlines are 23:59 IST (INDIA)

The following dates can be a subject of modification, if necessary.


Submit in .jpeg format of file size not more than 5Mb.

Submit your entry at: [email protected]

The subject of the mail: Your UIC (XXXXX)

Name of the file uploaded: Your UIC (XXXXX)


Total cash prize worth 21,000 INR.


Winner: Cash prize of INR 10000 + Acknowledgement on our website and social media + publication of the participants’ interview (Video) on website + 40% discount on your next architecture competition + certificate of achievement

1st Runner-up: Cash prize of INR 6500 + Acknowledgement on our website + publication of the participants’ interview (Video) on website + 30% discount on our next architecture competition + certificate of achievement

2nd Runner-up: Cash prize of INR 4500 + Acknowledgement on our website + publication of the participants’ interview (Video) on website + 20% discount on our next architecture competition + certificate of achievement

10 Honorable mentions: Acknowledgement on our website + 10% discount on our next architecture competition + certificate of achievement

Participation certificate for all the participants.


Entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:



  1. What is the nature of the competition?

‘THE SOUL TEMPLE’’ is an open idea design competition challenge that is open for students, professionals & any individual with a creative mind.

  1. Who can participate in the competition?

Architecture students, Architects, Interior Designer, Civil engineers & anyone with creativity can participate in the competition.

  1. How many members can be a part of a team?

A team can have a maximum of 3 members. You can also participate individually.

  1. Will every participant get a certificate of participation?

Yes, each registered participant will receive an e-certificate.

  1. What should be done in case a payment mode is not available in a particular country?

In such a case, we request the participants to write about the issue at [email protected]

to get other payment options. We will send all possible payment methods.

  1. How will a team get its Unique Identification Code?

The Unique Identification Code ( UIC ) will be mailed to your registered e-mail address within 24 hrs after completing the registration process. There is only one UIC code for all the team members of a team.

  1. What is the use of a Unique Identification Code?

All the participants are requested to use their UIC at the top right corner of your submission as it is your identity for the competition-related processes.

  1. What to do if a participant does not receive the UIC after making payment?

In such cases, the participants are asked to mail their payment receipt [email protected].

  1. Does the 150-word limit include legends & one-liners in the sheet?

No, the 150-word limit is for the proposal explanation only and it does not include the legends & one-liners on the sheet.


  1. In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to [email protected]
  2. It is possible to amend or update any information relating to your registration including the names of team members once registered, mail us your query at [email protected].
  3. Participant teams will be disqualified if any of the competition rules or submission requirements are not considered.
  4. Team code (UIC) is the only means of identification of a team as it is an anonymous competition. Hence, a submission with its UIC will be disqualified from the competition.
  5. The official language of the competition is English.
  6. The registration fee is non-refundable.

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