(May 2011) Tra.Dis.Mar is the title of a program by the Italian province of Massa Carrara the aim of which is to hone tradesmen for international competition. „Particular attention is given to the Chinese Market“, „Un’ attenzione particolare è riservata al mercato cinese“, according to IMM Carrara’s newsletter.

A conference on machines for working natural stone and concrete will be held by the University of Hanover in Germany from November 23rd and 24th 2011. Contributions can be submitted until May 15th.

Every-day objects of slate e.g. vases by Italian Ardesia Fontanabuona.

A competition for urns and burial is seeking entries for the second time. Projects from all over Europe are welcome. For more information contact „Funéraire Magazine“/„Pierre Actual“ (Mail).

„Willow“ is the name Polish designer Ola Voyna gave his side table made of natural stone .

Slant Awards for young students of architecture is calling for proposals for the first time. Participants are asked to develop a concept for a – non-existing – park in a – fictitious- city. http://www.slant.eu/brief.html

US flag made of Carrara marble was recently presented to the US embassy in Rome. It was crafted by artist Luciano Massari (Italian).

Video of the month: Buster Keaton builds a pre-fab-house („One Week“, 1920).