Fundación Arquia Scholarships Competition

“The psychological basis of the metropolitan type of individuality consists in the intensification of nervous stimulation which results from the swift and uninterrupted change of outer and inner stimuli. Man is a differentiating creature. His mind is stimulated by the difference between a momentary impression and the one which preceded it.”
Georg Simmel, The metropolis and mental life, 1950.

1_Is in the city, assumed and acepted as the biggest expression of social development, where day to day we are losing a little more our naturalness and spontaneity. We are continuously exposed to millions of stimuli and to a vertiginous rythm of life which doesn’t let us think and reflect properly, developing what he calls the blasé attitude, an attitude of protection from this excess of stimuli. We are turning into robots completely rational, unable to decide with heart.

2_Capitalism spiderwebs hover over any kind of activity and way of thinking, transforming it until it’s somethin profitable. Money rules the world, pushing ourselves towards a growing consumerism which could end up being the end of our existence.

“I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
José Saramago, Ensayo sobre la ceguera, 1995.

There is a space for noise outside, and tranquility reigns here. Far from the influences and speed of exterior life a sincere architecture is presented focusing attention on what’s really important, our interior life. Water, light, sky,... natural elements define and articulate these interior spaces. By concatenating three different rooms with changing spacial proportions we can alter slowly of cerebral activity index until it reaches the minimum level. There’s just concrete here. No electricity, no insulation, just space. Now we are ready to go back to the city. Please, tell the who we are, and where do we meet.

Tell them there’s still a place for hope. That there’s still a place for reflection.