We are living in a world that has changed dramatically in a matter of months. We have gone from excess to austerity. Connectivity has reached new levels, and headlines from around the world have reshaped the human perspective. What does this mean, in bricks and mortar? It means both a strong preference toward things that are familiar – classicism in architecture and a preference for authenticity – and the emergence of design themes reflective of the times. This forum, and accompanying annual publication Perspectives, explores these themes, which have been interpreted as they relate to stone by Charles Luck in collaboration with industry analysts. www.charlesluck.com