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2012/8.2, August 22 -- Front-Yard Design, Aquatic Plants, Halprin Fountain and more

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AUGUST 22 2012 www.watershapes.com

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ESSENTIAL

Suburban Spaces

You really can find opportunities in unexpected places, insists Mehrnoosh, a Los Angeles architect and designer who enjoys making refined aesthetic statements in previously plain suburban environments. To illustrate her point, she takes us to a project in a modest neighborhood to define how simple architectural and landscape elements – and water – can bring elegance and tranquility to otherwise overlooked and under-appreciated spaces.

This article, originally published in March 2006, has been digitized for all readers. To access the full text and images, click here.

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PONDCRAFT

Getting into Aquatic Plants

The impulse to install a pond often starts with a desire to raise fish, notes Brian Helfrich.  But once work starts with the greenery required to keep the ecosystem in balance, he says, it's clear the owner has found upon two great hobbies instead of one.   [more]

 

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VIDEO GALLERY

A Distinctive Hybrid

Getting things done with a watershape-construction project sometimes involves taking risks. But as Randy Beard demonstrates in this video, creative solutions to a problem are one thing, while having the nerve to implement them can be quite another.  [more]

 

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WATERSHAPES WORLD

Drum Roll, Please!

After many months of intense effort, the new WaterShapes.com has taken flight. Here, Jim McCloskey offers a brief introduction to the relaunched site and its broader audience and casts forward to a bold, digital future.  [more]

 

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RIPPLES

Apples, Oranges and Cumquats:
IS MICHAEL PHELPS THE GREATEST
OLYMPIC ATHLETE OF ALL TIME?  [more]
 

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TRAVELOGUE

Rough-Hewn Elegance

If your travels ever take you to the Pacific Northwest, says Jim McCloskey, no visit to Portland, Ore., is complete without a pilgrimage to see the roiling glory of one of Lawrence Halprin's greatest urban achievements: the Ira Keller Fountain.  [more]

 

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WATERSHAPES CLASSICS

Straight Talk

Back in 2007, Bruce Zaretsky made a case for balancing the drive to financial success with a focus on quality and creativity.  Is this still a reasonable discussion in times of lingering economic uncertainty?  [more]

 

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

Swimming Lake Michigan To Raise Public Awareness

Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.

1. A married couple recently attempted — unsuccessfully — to swim across Lake Michigan to raise public awareness about what condition?

a. Autism
b. Schizophrenia
c. Postpartum depression
d. Bipolar disorder.

2. A 25-year-old British man was arrested for peering over the toilet cubicles of a Leeds sports center to watch an Olympic women’s swimming team change clothing for a training session. (As of this writing, the convicted Peeping Tom is awaiting sentencing.) What country was the team from?

a. India
b. China
c. The Netherlands
d. Peru.

3. Tragically, two more children have died from Naegleria fowleri after they went swimming in Lily Lake in Stillwater, Minnesota. What is the common name for Naegleria fowleri?

a. Parasitic reed worms
b. Invasive water flies
c. Lung-eating bacteria
d. Brain-eating amoeba.

To find out how many you got right, click here.