3.1.1 Problem definition
The problem definition is described here including the scoping of the problem. Specifically the architectural project
that will be used for this research, which will include a problem statement, project program and site description. This
section also describes the objectives in the form of a value statement at the beginning of the case study project
• Problem statement: Design a pavilion representing a collaboration between man and machine. This pavilion
should represent the issues discussed in the Introduction (Section 1.0), namely a building that recognizes and
responds to its historical and present context. This project should address the complexity inherent in urban design
such as its: urban, sociological, technological, economical and ecological dimensions.
• Project program: 2000 sq. ft. approx. Gallery space for exhibitions, sitting area. Small event space (50 people) for
talks / lectures / multi media events. Public bathrooms and small staff kitchen and staff dining area and mechanical
and storage area.
• Site description: Median of Park Avenue between 52nd and 53rd streets in New York City. This is presently an
inaccessible median with plantings and no pedestrian access. The site is located between a: McKim, Mead and
White building (Racquet and Tennis Club); a Mies Van Der Rohe building (Seagram Building); and a Skidmore
Owings & Merrill building (Lever House) (Fig. 3.1.2).