Vitória Stone Fair 2017 overcomes circumstances (from Stone World)

As the result of violence caused by a strike of the military police in February, the Vitoría Stone Fair/Marmo+Mac Latin America cancelled its original date, but has regrouped and set June 6 to 9 as its new dates.

Brazil has long been known for its extensive granite varieties, unique quartzite and other exotic stone. And over the years, the Vitoría Stone Fair in Vitoría, Espírito Santo, has grown to become a well-known exhibition with a large international presence. In recent years, the fair’s organizer, Milanez & Milaneze, partnered with the Italian show management, the Veronafiere Group, and the exhibition was renamed the Vitoría Stone Fair/Marmo+Mac Latin America. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond its control, the 43rd edition of the stone exhibition, which was originally scheduled for February 14 to 17, 2017, had to be postponed. Show management is pleased to report, however, a new date for the Vitoría Stone Fair/Marmo+Mac Latin America has been set for June 6 to 9, 2017, at the Carapina Events Center, Serra.

The four-day event was canceled in February due to a strike in the military police, which resulted in public security issues in the state of Espírito Santo. “This decision was made considering the multiple requests sent by the exhibitors and visitors of Vitoría Stone Fair to the organizers of the event, with the purpose of preserving the safety and integrity of our customers, exhibitors and visitors, and of all service providers committed to the event,” according to a statement on the fair’s website at the time. “We reaffirm the importance of this international event for the ornamental stone sector, and we reiterate our position to preserve the safety of those involved and hope to have everyone’s understanding.” View this article at STONE WORLD.

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How to Pronounce the Names of 22 Notable Architects (from Arch Daily)

There’s no doubt that one of the best things about architecture is its universality. Wherever you come from, whatever you do, however you speak, architecture has somehow touched your life. However, when one unexpectedly has to pronounce a foreign architect’s name… things can get a little tricky. This is especially the case when mispronunciation could end up making you look less knowledgeable than you really are. (If you’re really unlucky, it could end up making you look stupid in front of your children and the whole world.)

To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 22 architects with names that are a little difficult to pronounce, and paired them with a recording in which their names are said impeccably. Listen and repeat as many times as it takes to get it right, and you’ll be prepared for any intellectual architectural conversation that comes your way. View this article at ARCH DAILY.

ARDEX Tile & Stone Installation Systems is now offering a 25-Year SystemOne™ tier Warranty on select high performance products


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Projects exceeding 5,000 sq. ft. must be approved
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New interactive 3-D map visualizes Downtown Manhattan’s future (from The Architect’s Newspaper)

Launched by the Alliance for Downtown New York, a free interactive 3-D map (dubbed LM3D) uses real-time data to show all current and development projects one-square-mile south of Chamber Street. Although it may seem very specific, Lower Manhattan is the third largest central business district in the United States. The map will display all residential, office, retail, and hospitality developments, as well as open space and transit.

Users can view information on individual buildings, select specific areas to learn about land use, building and unit counts, identify key corridors, see upcoming developments, and sort between residential, hotel, office, transportation, institutional, retail, and restaurant services.

By the end of the year, LM3D should also provide historic data on the area’s development. The map is in beta and currently accessible through the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari browsers. View this article at ARCH PAPER.

Why Related Companies is one of the most innovative companies of 2017 (from Fast Company)

How do you turn a once-barren stretch of Manhattan’s far West Side into a genuine neighborhood? “It’s as much about embracing the public as it is having commercial spaces and residential units,” says Jeff Blau, CEO of Related Companies, the real estate developer behind the $25 billion Hudson Yards project. “[Hudson Yards] is not meant to be an enclave.” To succeed, Related is bringing together an array of lifestyle brands (including its own, SoulCycle and Equinox) and public amenities to create a private development with broad public appeal. Here’s how the project is creating a new model for urban revival. View this article at FAST COMPANY.

Stone Discoveries: Luget Limestone

Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue

Luget is a beige limestone, distinct for its homogeneity and the smooth consistency of its graining. It is quarried exclusively in the commune of Pranzac, in the Charente department in southwestern France. Upon reaching the town for my visit to the quarry, I was immediately struck by the appearance before me of the Castle of Pranzac: a large, crumbling ruin from the early feudal period. I had been struck by both the beauty of this lingering vestige of a time long lost, and the irony that, so close to what was in its heyday the height of decorative arts, is a quarry from which we cull raw materials for treasured ruins of the future.

The Luget quarry covers over 130,000 square feet, and the company which operates it produces approximately 30,000 cubic feet of limestone each year, primarily supplying large scale projects—for which reason is this stone ideal for such projects. In the recent past, the quarry has provided material for Barneys New York at 660 Madison Avenue, various museum pedestals in the Galerie Richelieu of the Musée du Louvre, and several of the chateaux and wineries of Bordeaux.

The most common finishing technique employed with this material is honing, a process of sharpening with hand scrapers and plane blades to achieve a smooth, flat consistency. Giving the stone this kind of clarity of texture tends to highlight its striking uniformity, and the muted and consistent nature of its graining. It is a disarmingly warm, earthy stone, with gold, at other times, ochre, hues; and, superlative as a building material for residential interiors when textured with an antic or brushed surface.

Perhaps the key to the splendor of Luget limestone is its versatility: at home in modern interiors as well as treads and copings, employed as veneer or with dynamic dimensionality. Luget can even be used as a cobblestone, hence giving the material extensive purchase as a resource for landscape architects and urban designers.

Luget quarry

Most frequently applied as residential flooring, paving and wall-cladding, Luget stone’s versatility is evident in that it can also be carved, allowing for a variety of elaborate and beautiful frontages for the structures it adorns,—such as the relatively recently constructed, extremely modern Yorkville condominium development at 170 East End Avenue.

The natural stone currently on view at ABC represents only the finest rocks on earth. Procured from 6 continents, ABC has truly moved mountains across oceans to bring the finest stone on earth to the A&D community. We are honored to bring to you Luget limestone, from the south of France.