explicit and scripted processes within design

Kyle Steinfeld


Danzer inflation script” / at Acconci Studio / July 2007

Kyle Steinfeld constantly needs to remind himself – these tools we
work with everyday (the computer hardware, the software applications,
the algorithms) are not strictly speaking tools at all.  They are
closer to what another field would call  “cognitive artifacts”, they
are means through which to think.  More than passive vessels for the
conveyance of design intent, these instruments have become something
more analogous to another participant in the working out of a design
problem. Yet somehow in the application of these instruments – in the
initialization of arrays, the instantiation of classes, the
declaration of variables – Kyle often looses sight of this most
important fact.  Too often Kyle treats these instruments like tools,
asking what they can do for him, rather than what they do to him.



Tianjin algorythm” / at Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects / September 2005

Kyle is a architect and educator living and working in New York City.
He has taught courses at Pratt Institute, Technische Universiteit
Delft, Stevens Institute, and New York Institute of Technology; and
workshops at Columbia, UPenn, MIT, Cornell, and others.
Professionally, he has worked with many offices as a designer and
technology specialist, including Acconci Studio, KPF, Diller+Scofidio,
Howler/Yoon, and TEN Arquitectos.

Kyle spent one year as a PhD researcher at TU Delft in the
Netherlands, and holds a Masters of Architecture from MIT as well as a
Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Media Studies from the University of





Danzer inflation script” / at Acconci Studio / July 2007

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