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The Bookshelf

Ed Hartz continually reads books, magazines and Internet articles to keep current with topics in the stone industry. We have included references to a few of the best on a variety of topics: some that will interest the general reader and some that will interest the professional.


The photography and the quality of the printing are reason enough to read this publication of The Stone Foundation. The magazine specializes in presenting excellent photographs of ancient and enduring stone structures, some in ruins and some maintained for continual use. Of course, the accompanying stories are written from the point of view of stone industry professionals, and there are intelligent discussions of the type of stone and the methods of construction. The photographs and articles will take the reader around the world from Europe to Asia, Africa and the Americas.

In addition to artistic and literary content, the professional will find interesting descriptions of techniques used by leading professionals in different aspects of the stone industry. Professionals describe recent projects and include discussions of the key decisions they made.

The Stone Foundation publishes Stonexus,

Stone Industry News

This tabloid-sized newspaper is essential for keeping track of the people and businesses in the stone industry. Stone Industry News prints the business announcements of the stone industry: job promotions, business acquisitions, new products and the like. It also prints interesting business discussions, including ethics, promotion and successful strategies. Even the non-professional will enjoy the articles on recently completed stone projects.

Stone Industry News is independent of any stone association or trade group. It is published monthly by Industry News, Inc,

Slippery Rock Gazette

The Slippery Rock Gazette is a tabloid like the magazine in the Sunday newspaper. In addition to industry announcements, a variety of industry professionals contribute regular columns on topics ranging from business strategies, and “how-to” instruction to random topics on life in general. The advertising includes most major manufacturers operating in the US.

Find Slippery Rock Gazette at www.

Stone Architecture

Written by Alfonso Acocella
Pub Date: December 2006
Format: Hardcover
Category: Architecture - Methods & Materials
US Price: $150.00
CAN Price: $200.00
ISBN: 978-88-7624-696-8 (88-7624-696-7)
Publisher: Skira
Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 13

About this Book

In this sweeping volume, Professor Acocella analyzes every type of stone, from those used by the Egyptians to the marble used by Mies van der Rohe. Stone as a material is not only analyzed from a historical point of view, it is categorized and examined according to its technological usage. The book is based on comparison and confrontation between origins, archetypes and present-day themes, examining a variety of projects from around the world. It provides an in-depth analysis of the enormous potential of building in stone. A combination of dense, carefully construed chapters are designed to summarize the essence of the material in its various architectonic roles through a series of specially created technical drawings, and a range of original drawings and photos.

About the Author

Alfonso Acocella is professor of technology of architecture at the University of Ferrara, Italy. His previous books include studies of contemporary architecture in Italy.

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