Saturday, December 11, 2010


One of my favorite design competitions to announce winners recently is the ARC International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition. My personal favorite finalist is Zwarts & Jansma with OKRA Landscape Architects, IV-infra and Planecologie (above). You can see more images of their proposal on their website. The Zwarts&Jansma proposal creates a continuous landform bridging over the roadway valley. This proposal seems to have the best seamless wildlife landscape.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lapsang Souchong

It's like liquid campfire smoke... in a good way.

Lapsang Souchong, unlike most teas, is smoke dried over pine fire giving it a distinctive smokey taste. I just bought this tea for the first time (I learned about it from a tea class at Brooklyn Brainery) and it really is a wonderful tea for the long days/nights of portfolio work I have been doing for upcoming grad school application deadlines. I'm really hoping that I will have long nights of grad school next year where I can also drink lots of tea. The best part about this tea is that since it is highly oxidized and smoked it can be brewed a few times using the same tea and the flavor changes slightly each time.