Building materials

UNESCO-recognized Turkish artist to compile 7,000 Çini designs in book

A UNESCO-recognized "Çini" artist hailing from Türkiye's western province of Kütahya, will immortalize nearly 7,000 intricate patterns into comprehensive books, he says.

Çini is a traditional Turkish art form of ceramic tile painting, involving the decoration of ceramic surfaces with intricate and distinctive patterns and designs using colorful glazes.

Cost of construction materials in Cyprus rises further

An annual increase of 5.78% was recorded in the price index for construction materials for the period January-June 2023 compared to the same period in 2022, according to data published by the Cyprus Statistical Service (CyStat) on Tuesday.

The price index for construction materials for June 2023 reached 135.28 units (base year 2015=100).

Cultivating a cooler Athens

With Athens at breaking point over the last few days due to the scorching heat, calls are getting louder for simple measures to make it easier for residents to cope.

In comments to Kathimerini, University of Toronto architecture professor Petros Babasikas suggests public fountains, trees and plants in open spaces, rainwater harvesting, car restrictions and bike lanes.

Trade Ministry monitoring cement industry

The Trade Ministry has vowed to take necessary measures to prevent price increases and ease supply problems in the cement market.

The ministry said in a statement that it is monitoring developments in the construction sector, which has a considerable weight for the Turkish economy, adding that it is looking into the foreign trade angle.

Researchers dig up secrets of 'self-healing' Roman concrete

How have Rome's ancient aqueducts and architectural marvels such as the Pantheon, which features the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, endured the test of time? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other institutions believe they have uncovered the mystery of the durability of the 2,000-year-old structures - self-healing concrete.