What made this adaptation easy was a solid core, conventional materials and simple lines, activated with layering of interior views. As Principal Michael Blatt puts it, essentially "we think what will the ruins look like, what are the parts that no one is going to change. If you design good spaces, people will use them no matter what their needs are." The pair foresaw practical concerns while their clients were taken with sliding glass doors or fire pits. You have to have foresight when designing a space, explains partner Alice Fung, "we tend to think much more long-term."
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Writer, designer, researcher, Jodie Bass holds a Master of Architecture degree from SCI‐Arc in Los Angeles, where she is currently based. Her work centers on the confluence of design and social engagement and is dedicated to the pursuit of conscientious construction through both critical and hands‐on methods. She has worked with prestigious firms, cultural institutions and creative folks on both coasts, including Ball+ Nogues, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, El Museo del Barrio, Jersey City Museum, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and Lee Skolnick + Design Partnership. She is a contributing editor to Architizer, and led research for Ripped: Tshirts from the Underground, published in 2010 by Rizzoli. As a selected intern for the Foresight Initiative, she offered research and design solutions to the Department of the Environment for the City of Chicago, Smart Museum, and Enterprising Kitchen‐an organization offering training and development opportunities to unemployed and low‐income women. She holds a Master of Arts from NYU, in the departments of Museum Studies and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship. She learned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Art History from Vassar College and continues to enjoy learning through design and travel.