Zita Cobb lauds the attitude and effort of the Fogo Island Arts Corporation's director.
"The way her head is wired is right on," says Cobb, co-founder of the Shorefast Foundation.
Elisabet Gunnarsdottir's wiring is, in part, the result of experiences in her native Iceland and in Norway.
A trained architect, she ran Iceland's first architectural and de-sign studio for years.
Based in a rural community, she did town planning, graphic de-sign and restoration work. The work taught her a huge lesson.
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"I learned you never, ever copy the old. You do what you can to restore it and give it new life, and then contemporary architecture should never be a copy of the old and this we followed here (in Fogo Island), too.
"If you copy the old, it's a copy."