Stone+tec Congress: Knowledge transfer and networking

Over three days (June 22 to 24), the Stone+tec Congress offers the opportunity for further training as well as personal and professional exchange with colleagues, partners and experts in the natural stone industry. The congress program is framed by a thematically suitable excursion.

Nuremberg – The first two days of the congress will feature specialist presentations and discussion panels aimed at architects, planners, building and environmental authorities, building trades, developers, owners and managers of real estate and properties, gardeners and landscapers, restorers and tilers. The third day of the congress will focus on offerings for stonemasons and cemetery managers. Recognition as a continuing education event has been applied for with various chambers.

Stone+tec Congress – Day 1: The Future of Natural Stone

The first day of the congress, Wednesday, June 22, is entitled "The Future of Natural Stone" and covers the topics of gardening and landscaping, interior construction and design, as well as facade construction and outdoor areas. In the first block of lectures, the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) will focus on the topic of "sustainable building" and show what role natural stone plays in this segment. The subsequent lecture on "Natural stone in landscape design" will be presented by the Association of German Landscape Architects BDLA. What role natural stone plays in interior design and what role it could still play will be the focus of the Association of German Interior Architects BDIA.
In the afternoon, the University of Stuttgart will present the results of the life cycle assessment study on exterior coverings. Reiner Krug, from the German Natural Stone Association DNV, will focus on sustainable facade constructions with natural stone in his presentation. Under the heading "Future of Natural Stone", architects will discuss how the classic building material can be used in a contemporary way.

German Natural Stone Award

Following the congress program of the first day, the award ceremony of the German Natural Stone Award 2022 will take place in the afternoon. The German Natural Stone Award will be presented for the 20th time at Stone+tec 2022 and will focus on natural stone as a sustainable, future-proof building material as well as the material-appropriate processing methods in interaction with other building materials.

Stone+tec Congress – Day 2: Building with natural stone and preservation of monuments

On the second day of the congress, Thursday 23 June, the focus will be on the important topic of "conservation and restoration". The question is: "How do we deal with the natural stones used in old buildings from the point of view of monument preservation?" The Bavarian State Office for the Preservation of Monuments, this year for the first time a specialist partner of Stone+tec, has been able to attract renowned experts for the lecture program, who will shed light on the subject from very different perspectives: Dr. Gerhard Lehrberger from the Technical University of Munich will provide insights into the colorful diversity of decorative stones in Baroque castles and churches. Dr. Klaus Poschlod from the Bavarian State Office for the Environment, Economic Geology and Raw Materials will provide information on how regional historic quarries are sustainably extracting replacement stones for use in important Bavarian architectural monuments. Marisia Conn, Claus Giersch and Anna Kromas from the architectural firm Conn + Giersch in Fürth will use best practice examples, such as the Lorenzkirche in Nuremberg, to show how sustainable planning concepts can be developed that are tailored to the use and location. Johannes Fritsch from the architectural firm Fritsch, Knodt, Klug + Partner from Nuremberg will report on the "Zeppelin Tribune" project and the sensitivity required in dealing with stones at sites of perpetrators from the Nazi era.

At the end of the second day of the congress, there will be an excursion to the Golden Hall in the Nuremberg Zeppelin Tribune. A place steeped in history, whose future is being discussed in many areas.

Stone+tec Congress – Tag 3: Place of remembrance

The third day of the congress, Friday, June 24, is dedicated to the "Place of Remembrance" and is entitled "Rethinking the Cemetery - Better Spaces for Mourning in a Future-Oriented Municipal Development". On this day, the congress is aimed primarily at stonemasons as well as craftsmen and shows current developments and future trends around gravestones and cemeteries. The program is organized by Ernst Strassacker GmbH & Co. KG and the Federal Association of German Stonemasons.
In his keynote speech, Matthias Horx, founder of the Future Institute, presents "8 Theses on Mourning Culture". Günter Czasny from the Strassacker art foundry will then provide information about the "Initiative Raum für Trauer" project. The Norwegian architectural office manthey kula will present architectural dimensions on the project "Experimental and Laboratory Field for Cemetery Development" at the Stone+tec Congress. The office works at the intersection of art, architecture and landscape architecture and places special emphasis on place, form and narrative. Currently, the office is working on the National Monument in Utøyakai. The panel discussion that follows will focus on current issues, and the convention day will conclude with a discussion of cemetery culture in the 21st century.

The young talent competition for stonemasons and the stone sculpting trade will be held from June 22 to 24 as part of Stone+tec, with the awards ceremony taking place on the afternoon of June 24.

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