Beginning in the use of caves as shelter, stone, both in its natural form and as cleanly hones slabs, has stood for protection, solidity, monumentality, and timelessness. As a natural material, it transforms with time, yet stands its test. It holds the imprint of passage and use, yet connotes eternity. We will explore a material that embodies local characteristics of place and fosters an industry around its import and export well beyond. This panel discussion will focus on stone as an element that has relayed to us an understanding of ancient civilizations, as well as contemporary explorations that allow for sustainable uses of this finite material and the developments of its architectural range.

Organized by: AIANY Global Dialogues Committee