Vito Acconci (1940-2017)’s design and architecture came from another direction – from backgrounds of writing and art. Acconci was born in the Bronx, New York and received a BA in literature from the College of the Holy Cross and an MFA in literature and poetry from the University of Iowa.
After working with performance and video art in the 1960s, Acconci turned to sculptures and design in the 1980s, forming Acconci Studio, a design firm that mixes poetry and geometry, computer-scripting and sentence-structure, narrative and biology, chemistry and social-science in 1988. He focuses on architecture that integrates public and private space and views it through the lens of time rather than space, envisioning the constant changing of the purpose and composition of spaces based on how people use them. The studio sees architecture as being subservient to people and not vice versa, slipping its way into the environment rather than overtaking it and leaving itself open to change and fluidity.
Acconci Studio has worked on a variety of projects across the world, including an elevated subway-station facade that waves and bulges to make views and seats in Coney Island, Brooklyn, interactive toilets in Gwangju, and a plaza divided into cluster-places for self-organization in Santiago.