A unique architectural project — the prison — required a unique architectural solution: the microcosm. In order to place prisoners within the city and rehabilitate them successfully, the standard model of a prison cannot work. At the intersection of design and policy, this provided a unique opportunity to advocate for the success of prisoners policing themselves to reintegrate into society. Returning to the real world a better person is the point of penal punishment, after all. Studying the functioning of a city to shrink society into the size of a city block was key to generating a utilitarian prison that reflected the real world.