This year marks the 30th edition of Cersaie - a ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings exhibition in Bologna, Italy - that will take place from September 25-29, 2012. Promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in cooperation with BolognaFiere and organized by Edi.Cer SpA and Promos, the show features nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 31 countries and a sprawling 176,000 square meters of exhibition space. Like the Milan Furniture Fair of the ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings industry, companies will use the show to introduce cutting edge designs, designer collaborations and new technological innovations to the world.

Highlights of this year's "Building, Dwelling, Thinking" conference program include: a keynote speech by 2011 Pritzker Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura (on Friday, September 28), a talk on "Design Goes Sci-Fi" with American science fiction writer Bruce Sterling and Italian designer Cini Boeri (on September 25), a lecture on emergency and intervention architecture with Shigeru Ban (on September 26) and a presentation by Heike Hanada on her design for the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar (on September 27).

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