Porphyry Paving by the Book

When we look at a finished residential Porphyry paving project, we are taken with the beauty and symmetry of the finished project. Back up for a moment and think of the design process, the selection of material, the estimating, the grading, the drainage decisions, the layers of material we no longer see, and you will […]

City Park Featuring Porphyry Honored

Porphyry Paving is Prominent Element Porphyry paving along with many additional amenities and design elements in Cincinnati’s Washington Park are recognized by a national organization. Each month, City Parks Alliance recognizes a “Frontline Park” to promote and highlight inspiring examples of urban park excellence, innovation, and stewardship across the country. The program also seeks to […]

Porphyry's role in Living Streets

Porphyry and other natural stone products are seen throughout this report, used as specialized paving elements.  Most of the concepts here revolve around traffic calming and storm water management embracing the multiple users of our streets, not just motorized vehicles. “Living streets have no separate sidewalks or curbs and gutters, but rather provide a shared […]

Porphyry Paving and Great Places

Porphyry paving and other paving stones have been designed into the unique and special paving materials called for in the creation of great new places or the refurbishment of existing places. Discussions, plans, and designs for “Great Streets” are popping up everywhere, and the universal concepts are about pedestrian oriented space, an economically viable mix […]

Porphyry Cubes used in Modern Roman Paving

Porphyry cubes were used in a large urban project in Rome.  The Piazza dei Navigatori is a Roman square located along Via Cristoforo Colombo, one of the main roads in the city of Rome because of its size, its role as a link between the city center and the sea and its importance to the […]

Porphyry Paving and Toronto Woonerf Design Innovations

Stone paving like Porphyry is an element of hardscape used in a woonerf. The first of many opportunities to use the concept of a woonerf is happening in one of the multi faceted areas under the influence of Waterfront Toronto. This area is called the West Dons Land, one of the six main areas of […]

Porphyry and Widemarsh Street

Granite curbs and porphyry setts have been used to establish a low-speed, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly environment intended to boost the attractiveness and economic prosperity of this key shopping street. Widemarsh Street in Hereford, England has been rebuilt to designs by Hamilton-Baillie Associates, working with Powell Dobson Urbanists, Anthony Jellard Associates and Amey. The project involved […]

Heavy traffic paving with Porphyry stone

Protecting and extending the life of paved surfaces like those with porphyry stone, the jointing product vdw 855 is utilized. Vdw 855, manufactured by GftK, is commonly used on stone and manufactured paver streets.  This product is well known for its years of extremely low maintenance cost in all conditions.  It has a very low […]

Porphyry and the value of distinctive paving materials

Stone pavers like porphyry and its more expensive granite cousin are being designed into numerous places in Toronto.  This blog has previously highlighted the wonderful designs and work by WaterFront Toronto, now the nearby entertainment district is re-imagining one of their main streets. Distinctive paving materials and patterns are a necessary part of the project […]

Porphyry and Curbless Streets – Part 2

Porphyry stone pavers can be used on pedestrian surfaces, vehicle surfaces, as well as transition areas. This beautiful and sturdy stone will make any of these memorable. Special paving treatments can enhance the aesthetics of public spaces in a city, give circulation areas a stronger sense of place, and enhance the hierarchy of public spaces.  […]