(January 2011) Verona’s 2011 Marmomacc will take place earlier this year (September 21st to 24th): A press-release sites facts and figures for 2010: Visitors increased by 12.5% to 25,368 compared to the previous fair. The greatest proportionate increases were noted in respect to visitors from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, also Israel and Lebanon. A considerable increase of visitors from India, Brazil, and Turkey could also be registered. Germans also count among the stronger visitors, having increased their ranks.

Use of composite stone is planned in London’s Victoria and Albert-Museum in the Scottish city of Dundee. This is the plan of the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma & Associates. The material was most suitable to cope with conditions on the banks of the Tay river (1, 2).

A travertine façade will adorn the new German Federal Ministry of the Interior currently under construction in Berlin. Groundbreaking ceremony to this project took place in December 2010. The Müller Reimann project is earmarked at 208 million € (German).

At the Archaeological site of Santo Nombre, Mexico, two more pyramids were unearthed. The Puebla provincial site is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.

Video: „Gravestone Project“ is a project aiming to document the effects of global warming on marble gravestones as part of the EarthTrek-Programme – a joint research project by the University of Sydney and the Geological Society of America.