Walking Tour: Gallipoli In Puglia, Southern Italy

Gallipoli is a coastal town in Apulia, southern Italy. The historic center, on an island off the mainland, shelters churches like St. Agatha’s Cathedral, with its ornate facade. Nearby, the Church of St. Mary of Purity has a maiolica tiled floor. Gallipoli Castle includes the Rivellino tower, standing apart from the main building. Across the bridge, on the mainland, is the Greek Fountain, dating from the Renaissance.

Home Design: Curl Curl House, Sydney, Australia

Afforded the freedom of an open design concept, interior design practice Folk Studio crafts Curl Curl House. Showcasing the collaborative work of architectural practice TRIAS, the magical home captures the spirit of the Australian coast.

Video timeline: 00:00 – An Introduction to the Magical Home 00:38 – The Collaboration of Folk Studio and TRIAS 01:51 – Adding Intentional Gestures to the L-Shaped Floor Plan 02:32 – A Beach, Bush and Coastal Palette 02:51 – Watching Visions Come to Life 03:22 – Having the Garden as an Integral Piece of the Design 03:46 – Seeing Green from all Areas 04:11 – The Hit and Miss Brickwork Screens 04:38 – Creating a Sanctuary and an Oasis for the Clients 04:58 – Finding Joy in the Client’s Comfort

Settled into Curl Curl, the coastal suburb of Sydney located just north of the Central Business District, the same-named house reflects its immersive environment. The natural character of the local context sees bush meet coast and a beachside lifestyle cohere with suburban influence. Upon accepting the design project, Folk Studio promptly met with architectural firm TRIAS in order to solidify the creative vision – a residential sanctuary – and ensure that the architecture and interior design of the home work together to form the ideal domestic experience.

Featuring an L-shaped spatial plan, Curl Curl House encloses a collection of communal zones on its ground floor, including a living room on each end. The position of each living room marks a change from the spatial arrangement of a typical house, which sees kitchen, living and dining spaces continue on from one another. Purposefully located, the living rooms function as calming areas within the magical home, removed from the bustle of the communal zones.

Inspired by the Australian beach, bush and coast, the aesthetic palette of Curl Curl House reflects a sense of natural serenity, enhanced by contrasting injections of brickwork that pay homage to the suburban context. Integral to the design of the magical home is the garden space growing along its perimeter. As a result of TRIAS condensing the architecture of the home, the garden space is maximised and enables a natural vista to be accessed from every room of the house.

Hit-or-miss brickwork screens adorn the upper levels of the façade, intercepting the incoming natural light to create shifting visual patterns within the magical home. Achieving a residential oasis, Folk Studio and Trias craft a magical home that serves as an escape from the hectic nature of everyday life. Curl Curl House stands as a residence in which its owners can take pride, rewarded by the sense of careful curation permeating the dwelling.

Views: The New York Times Magazine – Oct 30, 2022


Beyond Catastrophe – A New Climate Reality Is Coming Into View

There’s plenty of bad news. But thanks to real progress, we’re headed toward a less apocalyptic future.

The Try Guys and the Prison of Online Fame

This is what success looks like in the creator economy: Sometimes you have to beg millions of fans for mercy.

Australia Views: Mount Ngungun In Queensland

Mount Ngungun, generally known as “Gun Gun”, is located an hours drive north of the city of Brisbane in south east Queensland, Australia. Mount Ngungun is the sixth tallest of the Glass House Mountains at 253 metres. The summit provides spectacular 360 degree views of nearby Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tibberoowuccum, Mt Coonowrin and Mt Beerwah.

It is a very popular hike due to its relative ease and fantastic views, and has a well maintained walking trail to the summit. The trail from carpark is not as steep as the other higher mountains and is open to beginners. The south face contains steeper, unmarked but well known rock climbing routes.

Research Preview: Science Magazine – Oct 28, 2022


Science Magazine – The skeleton of Hope, a young female blue whale that beached in Ireland in 1891, is suspended from the ceiling of London’s Natural History Museum, pictured here empty of visitors while the museum was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bursts in skull evolution weakened with time

The skull shapes of mammals diversified more rapidly early in their history

Forgotten Ebola vaccine could help in outbreak

Merck unearths a frozen batch of an experimental vaccine it made years ago

Harvard studies on infant monkeys draw fire

Experiments involving eyelid suturing and maternal separation divide scientists

Monkeypox outbreak is ebbing—but why exactly?

Models suggest rising immunity in a small group of people, not vaccination, is key

Headlines: Putin Speech, Ukraine, Brazil Election, Northern Ireland Vote

Monocle 24’s Carlota Rebelo joins us from her reporting trip to Kyiv. Plus: Brazil heads back to the polls on Sunday, Northern Ireland politicians miss the deadline to form an executive power and restore the government, and Andrew Mueller’s weird and wonderful wrap up of the week.

Front Page: The New York Times – October 28, 2022


U.S. Economy Returned to Growth in Third Quarter

Gross domestic product increased 0.6 percent after two quarters of decline, but key components continue to show an economic slowdown.

Elon Musk Completes $44 Billion Deal to Own Twitter

The world’s richest man closed his blockbuster purchase of the social media service, thrusting Twitter into a new era.

Playing to Western Discord, Putin Says Russia Is Battling ‘Strange’ Elites

Ahead of U.S. elections, the Russian leader sounded like some right-wing Westerners, saying his fight is not with those in the West who hold “traditional values.”