(June 2012) „The Verona marble district views the Russian market with great interest as one of those enjoying high growth rates“ according to a Marmomacc trade fair press-release (Italian). The fair’s organizer „Centro Servizi Marmo” of the regional trade organization AS.MA.VE. in cooperation with the Val di Pan consortium organized a three-day meeting with Russian buyers and local producers. 2011 saw an increase in purchase by Russia of +54% to 9.1 million Euro.

Latest news: „Marmomacc Outlook“ is the title of a research project with the intent of strengthening the marble supply chain through a greater number of data, information and trend analysis. The Verona fair kindly invites to answer the first survey. The questionnaire is available in several languages. Answering only takes 3 minutes. Participants will later have the opportunity to receive the complete report.

Gift idea from Great Britain: A stone at the door stoop indicates the weather outside.

A hotel on the face of the mountain with cave-like rooms describes the Kokopelli Cave Bed & Breakfast near Farmington, New Mexico.

The outline of the State of Texas in stone by US-based Texa Stone Quarries Company.

Ear-plugs, too, are now available in stone (1, 2).

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, considered by many architects and urban planners to be one of the most important awards for architecture, has announced a doubling of its prize to US$ 1 million. Nominations for the 2013 award are now being accepted. The nomination period runs until 15 September 2012. The Aga Khan Award for Architecture is given every three years to projects that use local resources and appropriate technology in innovative ways. Projects can be anywhere in the world, but must successfully address the needs and aspirations of societies in which Muslims have a significant presence.