CASIS has three different programs that require different levels of privacy. I separated them into three separate buildings: administration, research laboratories, and exhibition space for the public. The ultimate goal of CASIS is to bring these three programs together and promote interaction and to that end I created three social connectors to link them. The conference and lobby space connects exhibition and research space; the payload operation center plus main exhibition space connects all three; and the lounge space connects office workers and researchers.
On the site, I followed the strong grain of Manhattan that runs from the city to the river. I was interested in the constructed ground plane coming to the river, but instead of a single drop down, I developed a cascade down to the water to experience different levels of the city edge: the highway, the bridge, the constructed ground, and the actual ground.