This directed research questions how design methodologies can mediate spatial, material and programmatic relations between interior and exterior. This question emerges from two observations; first the disparity in clear design intent and agency between two conditions as well as the consequence of social disengagement through the prioritization of the exterior over interior in communication the design ambition.The research project responds to 3 contemporary conditions in 3 cities chosen: New York City, San Francisco and Istanbul. The design response is shaped through understanding the motives of a project chosen in each city and reimagining the potential that these motives could have provided. These projects are re-imagined for expanding their agency beyond their visual expression.