(October 2010) A big building project is in the making in Stockholm’s Slussen district under the auspices of London star architects Foster + Partners and Swedish Berg Arkitektkontor. An exhibit (Swedish) allowed a sneak preview.

Natural ventilation by means of a perforated stone facade is the aim of Pascal Arquitectos’ design for the Culiacán-based Iglesia de la Natividad in Mexico.

Miming intarsia of dark stone in white, the exhibit „Through Labyrinths“ creates an optical illusion of a maze in the Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona.

Interesting patterns for wall cladding by B&N Industries are on display (1, 2).

Surfaces with decorative patterns now also by Caesarstone.

Architect Frank O. Gehry shows lamps in form of fish at The Jewish Museum in New York through October 31st. By the way stone, too, can be produced translucent.

The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA) is an American sculptors’ guild. Activities include regular symposia and publication of a trade journal.

Stone sculptures from the Pre-Columbian era are shown at the Art Institute of Chicago until January 2011 on occasion of the 200th anniversary of Latin American Independence.

Video of the Month: the Roman Coliseum burnt down in September „City on Fire“. Artists Thyra Hilden and Piuz Diaz aim to draw attention for the conservation of cultural heritage. The gigantic Amphitheatre is among the largest structures of ancient time still standing today. The exterior of the supporting pillars are massive travertine blocks. After the downfall of the Roman Empire the construction was used as a quarry: in 1451 alone more than 2500 wagon loads of travertine and marble were transported. In the 8th century Anglo-Saxon Monk Deba Venerabilis predicted „As long as the Coliseum stands, so will Rome… If, however, Rome should fall, so will the rest of the world.“