The tradition of stone paving with stones like Porphyry is centuries old.  Most of our stone knowledge comes from the European quarries and stonemasons.  This blog presents research involving the paving and hardscape designs with natural stone. So much of this research emanates from Europe and the United Kingdom.  Part of this is because of the preservation activities and the rest is due to new installations of the age-old material.
The publication, Paved with gold – The Real Value of Good Street Design, produced by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) demonstrates how street quality relates to higher real estate prices and higher retail rental rates.
paved-with-gold-cover-206x300Paved with gold shows how we can calculate the extra financial value that good street design contributes, over average or poor design. It shows how clear financial benefits can be calculated from investing in better quality street design. It also shows how, by using stated preference surveys, public values can be measured alongside private values, so that they can be properly included in the decision-making process.

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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) was an executive non-departmental public body of the UK government, established in 1999. It was funded by both the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Communities and Local Government. It was merged into the Design Council on 1 April 2011.
CABE was the government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space in England. Its job was to influence and inspire the people making decisions about the built environment. It championed well-designed buildings, spaces and places, ran public campaigns and provided expert, practical advice. It worked directly with architects, planners, designers and clients. The archives of CABE at the link below have an abundance of reports and information.
Porphyry’s composition determines its high compressive  strength, resistance to stains, slip resistance, and high freeze/thaw ratings.  The stone is the most popular paver in Europe, and is favored for its flexibility in design, beauty, durability and low maintenance requirements. ADA Compliant Porphyry pavers are also adaptable to a permeable paving set. The stone is by far one of the most durable pavers in the world.  These beautiful materials are available from Milestone Imports.   Milestone supports the creativity of architects, planners and designers. Porphyry offers surfaces of various finishes and mixed colorings, tending towards tones of grey, gold, violet and red, depending on where it is extracted.  The products are available in North America from Milestone Imports.  –