The 36,000 sq. ft. program, including a multi-purpose “commons”, a studio, classroom, faculty offices, student lounges and labs, is diminutive in proportion to the goal of the project: to create a prominent, new social center flanking the eastern edge of the existing 240,000 sq. ft. school. Thus the project was based on an essential disequilibrium. Moreover, it is not large enough to accomplish the task of resolving its relationship to the street and the existing building. The new building is partially lifted in order to stretch from the existing architecture and planning studio past the art wing and reach to the street.