The prizes are nice, starting at $ 5000 for first, but the exposure is probably the real draw here. My understanding is that most of the entries are from students. And what extraordinary drawings they are; before computers, you would spend more than the prize money just hiring someone to draw with this kind of detail.
Second prize went to Tony Leung of Hong Kong.
Shinto Shrine / Urban Rice Farming Skyscraper
The objective of this proposal is to restore the traditional interactions between Jinja (Japanese Shinto Shrine) and local people by reterritorizing a busy urban corner in Ginza, Tokyo with a vertically organized Jinja cum rice-farming complex.
So it is a vertical urban rice farm.
As cities expand, both rice farming and Jinja remains in the shadow of urban livings. Jinja complex is overshadowed by modern skyscrapers. However, more than two centuries ago, according to some ancient manuscripts, Izumo Shrine was said to be reaching 96m high above ground i.e. a historical origin of skyscraping Jinja. On the other hand, recent development in hydroponic farming technology makes vertical rice farming possible. Pitched roof of a Jinja can be converted to a stepped paddy field, which conforms the traditional idea of using organic roofing material in Jinja construction.
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