Tours: Casa Di Campo In Werribee South, Australia

The Local Project (March 3, 2023) – Surrounded by large fields, Casa di Campo is a modern farmhouse that responds to the landscape and offers an oasis-like lifestyle for its owners.

Video timeline: 00:00 – Surfshark VPN 00:10 – Introduction to the Modern Farmhouse 00:42 – Designing in Response to the Landscape 01:03 – The Brief and the Clients 01:34 – Impressions On Arrival 01:50 – A Walkthrough of the Home 03:00 – The Different Aspects 03:21 – The Material Palette and Textures 04:49 – Proud Moments 05:17 – Surfshark VPN

Located in Werribee South, Victoria, where homes are spaced out by green fields and red dirt landscapes, the family of second-generation market gardeners requested a modern farmhouse. Responding to the client’s brief, Neil Architecture built a home with inward facing courtyards, a private garden space and a pool that the family could find reprieve in. Whilst a calming residence from the inside, Casa di Campo appears as a solid monolithic form that stands out from nearby farming houses.

Once inside, the house tour first reveals a lush green garden that is designed like a Roman courtyard. With a portico that runs along two sides, the pond traditionally included is instead a swimming pool. Acre also installs cut granite boulders as stepping stones that become a major aspect to the garden’s function. Following a short passage leads into the family living rooms, which have been divided by a large centre fireplace.

With no white walls featuring in the interior design of the modern farmhouse, the architects have used textures throughout to provide a unique aspect to the home. The floor is also distinct, appearing as one poured slab with smooth edges and a fine aggregate finish that the clients have fallen in love with. Separate from the living zone, the children’s bedrooms offer a view through the colonnade and into the garden, giving them ample space to play and enjoy the modern farmhouse.

At the eastern end of the home, the main bedroom holds a small private courtyard that invites in the morning sun and offers a space for the parents to unwind and enjoy. Putting together material elements of the modern farmhouse, the architects employed rammed earth for its warm pale tone and unique interior experience. Alongside the rammed-earth architecture is timber wall panelling, Quartzite stone in the kitchen and bathrooms and a green elemental tone within the bathrooms and hallways that helps to sooth the interior features of the modern farmhouse.

Although set among the fields, where the brown rich soil and the bright greens mix harmoniously, the residence separates itself from the working environment and becomes its own destination. Taking on architecture, interior design and styling, Neil Architecture turns a family home into a pleasantly surprising paradise with an exterior that provides no clues as to what is inside.

World Economic Forum: Top Stories – March 4, 2023

World Economic Forum (March 4, 2023) – This week’s top stories of the week include:

0:15 Columbia holds a court case in the metaverse – This tech makes it easier and faster to access the justice system according to the magistrate in charge, Judge María Victoria Quiñones. The metaverse is a fully immersive digital reality, generally accessed through XR (Extended Reality). The judge said the metaverse meets the needs of a fair justice system. It provides a neutral space for all parties and allows for a free exchange of information while removing the need for everyone to gather in the same physical space. The judge also made use of the AI chatbot ChatGPT. She asked it to explain terms such as ‘metaverse’ and ‘avatar’ to the participants and she consulted ChatGPT on the best way to verify their identities. The metaverse is still in its infancy but it’s growing fast. 54% of experts believe it will have half a billion users by 2040

1:36 5 lifesaving technologies bringing relief to Turkey – Here are five life-saving technologies that are helping relief efforts in the aftermath of the Türkiye earthquake. One of them is an online open-source hub that was set up within hours of the earthquake. This simple website hosts links on everything from blood donations to temporary accommodation and emergency food supplies in the areas impacted by the Syria and Türkiye earthquake. It has handled more than 14 million requests for information already from more than 1 million unique visitors. Watch the video to learn more about how these technologies are aiding the Türkiye earthquake relief work.

3:05 3 completely new jobs you can get hired in – Skills-based hiring is the smart, ethical way to fill these vacancies. Hiring for skills is 5 times more predictive of job performance than hiring for education and 2.5 times more predictive than hiring for work experience.

5:08 Third HIV patient cured with bone marrow transplant – He received bone marrow stem cells to treat his leukemia from a donor with natural HIV resistance. Slowly, the healthy immune cells replaced HIV-infected ones. Now, a decade after the transplant and 44 months after stopping HIV medication the patient is in good health, with no signs of infection. Around 1% of the population is naturally immune to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The ‘Düsseldorf patient’ is the third to be cured of HIV with stem cells from bone marrow.


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Alpine Views: The Grimsel Hospiz Hotel, Switzerland

DW Travel (March 4, 2023) – A hotel you can’t get to on your own? You’ll need a guide to reach the four-star Grimsel Hospiz Hotel in the Swiss Alps at 2,000 metres above sea level. The guide will take you up the mountain, past a hydroelectric power station and on several cable cars. The road over the Grimsel Pass is closed in winter. But at the end of it you will find yourself in the absolute silence of the mountains.

Walking Tours: London Mayfair (March 2023)

Wanderizm (March 1, 2023) – Bordering leafy Hyde Park, Mayfair is an upscale district of elegant Georgian townhouses, exclusive hotels, and gourmet restaurants. Its world-famous retailers include bespoke tailors on Savile Row and designer fashions on Bond Street. Shoppers also head to high-end Burlington Arcade and Shepherd Market, a cluster of independent boutiques and traditional pubs. Cool modern art galleries line Cork Street. 

The New York Times Book Review – March 5, 2023


The New York Times Book Review – March 5, 2023:

Walter Mosley’s New York: Classes Divided, Races at War

His new novel, “Every Man a King,” is a hard-boiled tale of billionaires, white nationalists and a detective with a complicated past.

The Cousins Who Ruled 19th-Century Europe, Miserably


“Empty Theatre,” a novel by Jac Jemc, reimagines the lives of two eccentric royals, King Ludwig II of Bavaria and Empress Elisabeth of Austria.

For Thomas Mann, the World’s Chaos Is Inside the House

A newly translated story by the German master explores a father’s feelings for his children in a time of fierce social change.

A Louche Life Set to a Show-Tunes Score

In his name-dropping novel “Up With the Sun,” Thomas Mallon fictionalizes the minor career and tabloid murder of the Broadway actor Dick Kallman.

Finance Preview: Barron’s Magazine – March 6, 2023

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Barron’s Magazine – March 6, 2023:

Are You Moving in Retirement to Cut Tax Costs? Consider These 4 Factors First.

Are You Moving in Retirement to Cut Tax Costs? Consider These 4 Factors First.

Low-tax states might not always be the bargain they appear to be. They often have higher taxes on things that matter more to you.

The Boom Time for Farmers Can Last. Who Will Reap the Rewards.

Agriculture is getting its biggest tech upgrade in generations. Deere, AGCO, and other industry giants stand to benefit.

Boot Barn Has Steadily Built Its Western-Wear Empire for Years. Cowboy Chic Is Hot, But It’s No Fad.

Boot Barn Has Steadily Built Its Western-Wear Empire for Years. Cowboy Chic Is Hot, But It’s No Fad.

The retail chain now has 333 stores, and is expanding into the Northeast. It has seen steady growth, high profitability, and low debt. And there’s no reason that its growth won’t continue.

Front Page: The New York Times – March 4, 2023


Biden Meets With German Chancellor Amid Concerns Over Ukraine and China

President Biden and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany are trying to show that they are the stewards of a strong NATO alliance against Russian aggression and Chinese interference.

President Biden said he and Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, would work in “lock step” to provide military support to Ukraine.

As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology

Tech innovations are again racing ahead of Washington’s ability to regulate them, lawmakers and A.I. experts said.

Condemning Murdaugh’s ‘Lies,’ Judge Sentences Him to Life in Prison

The sentence was the maximum that the judge could hand down for the murders of Alex Murdaugh’s wife and son, given that prosecutors had not sought the death penalty.

The Democrats’ SOS Candidate Keeps His Options Open

Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois has maintained his political organization, built a progressive record and is open about his ambitions. For now, he says, they don’t include the White House.