Briefly noted

Are there ghost-cities in China, results of planning mistakes and proof of the real-estate bubble? A team of the Chinese internet provider Baidu has researched and apparently found such areas according to Technology Review Magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Japanese artist Todo laminates natural stone and glass.

„Sleep“ is the name of the hotel design trade fair to be held 22nd and 23rd of November 2016 for the 11th time in London.

Natural Stone Design Trends in 2016 are the theme of a blog by Italian Decormarmi Company

Original decorative elements for gardens by Spanish Escultura Opaso artists (1, 2).

Something different for a change: Riva 1920, a famous Italian wooden furniture company has once again issued a prize for young designers. For „Light Up Your Idea“ drafts of cedar wood chairs and benches are called for. Submissions and the results of the previous competition can be seen on the webpage (Italian).

A number of marble tusks carry a mysterious tower in India according to a blog. The travel guide tells tourists that it is the burial site of the Ruler’s lead elephant.

„Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone“ is the title of on online course by the The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS).

Video of the Month: 50-year jubilee celebrations by Italian-based Cereser Marmi Company (1, 2).

(16.02.2016, USA: 02.16.2016)