Briefly noted

Cobblestones are one of the most ancient uses for natural stone. A disadvantage is that the surface of cobblestones is convex and thus uncomfortable to negotiate. Of late stone is often sawed to make it even. French trade magazine Pierre Actual discusses the theme in detail in its October 2015 issue. Download the article for 12 € (French).

The International Conference on Machinery for the Stone Branch (International Conference on Stone and Concrete Machining, ICSCM) will take place in the autumn of 2017 in Spain’s City of Macael under the auspices Centro Tecnológico Avanzado de la Piedra (Ctap) (1, 2).

Versatile every-day products in slate by Ardesia Fontanabuona Company of Italy.

A positive distinguishing factor of ceramic tiles is their ability to emulate other material, according to the Washington Post.

The stone carving symposium in Bento Gonçalves in Southern Brazil will take place in March or April 2016.

„La Pedrera“ (the Quarry) is Barcelona’s nickname for a dwelling complex designed, planned and constructed by Antoni Gaudi from 1906 to 1912. The name is fitting because of the façade’s balconies and its atrium (1, 2).

New webpage: Creative Edge, USA.

Recent stone-age findings at the famous Monte Verde site in Chile show that human beings populated the Americas already 18,500 years ago and used tools – 4000 years earlier then thought before.

Scientists have found an explanation for the mysterious stone columns along the eastern shore of Crowley Lake, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A part of the famous Appalachian Trail at Bear Moiuntain was relocated and rebuilt by volunteers with natural stone.

The Stone Mountain monument near Atlanta is at the center of racial tension over Confederate tributes, The Guardian reports.

Sandstone cliffs in the Southern State of Utah are the object of Petzl Company’s exterior-cladding design. Red fiber-reinforced concrete (GFRC) slabs are used for the purpose.

Video of the Month: Refurbishing of the Trevi-Fountain in Rome has been completed after 16 months of work, during which the pipes were renewed and a water-softening system installed which will ensure constant ph-levels, important for the marble and travertine sculptures. The opulent Roman object was also given new LED lighting. Some 2.2 million € were spent on the project, donated by fashion company Fendi. We show the famous scene from Frederico Fellinis „La Dolce Vita“ (1960) with Anita Ekberg, Marcello Mastroianni, the feline and the fountain (Video 1, 2).

(01.12.2015, USA: 12.01.2015)