River meander

Why Rivers Bend

Have you ever wondered why rivers almost always form snake-like forms as they move downslope toward their destinations? The underlying science is both sublime in concept and ...

The Magic of Medium

For all the attention record-setting fountains receive when they come on line, the medium-to-small fountains are the true bread and butter for the industry that makes them. As ...

Voices from the Designer’s Den

As part of its Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays live online series, Watershape University has presented three installments of Design 1921: Designers Den Series, hosted by Mike Nantz. ...

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Disney World Water

Why ‘No’ Mosquitos at Disney World?

Despite being located in Florida swampland, there are few to no mosquitos at Disney World? The reason behind that notable lack of airborne bloodsuckers stands as one of ...

Highly Transpicuous

Pools are hitting new heights, literally. In recent weeks, two record-breaking pools opened in Dubai and London, quickly becoming media sensations, both for their daring designs ...

A Time of Abundance & Scarcity

To quote Charles Dickens, this is the best of times and the worst of times. As the industry grapples with extreme demand, it also faces a host of challenges that make meeting that ...

Detail A802: Vanishing Edge Perspectives

Movement is one of the foundational principles of design. That doesn't mean necessarily moving through space in the literal sense, but the way design can pull your attention and ...

Landscape designer and watershaper Colleen Holmes specializes in highly creative, richly detailed residential projects that embrace her clients’ personalities, are based on solid engineering and construction practices and reflect her own distinctly lyrical sensibilities. The project featured in these pages captures all those qualities and more in a fascinating tapestry of plants, hardscape and water that was a full six years in the making. (Photo by Bob Lovett, Brentwood, Calif.)

Playful Pursuits

All projects come to an end, of course, but there are times when the inevitable takes its own, sweet time.  The project featured here, for example, took more than six years ...

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Designing a Design Business

Becoming a pure design firm in the pool and spa industry is not easy. The reason being, notes Mike Farley, the industry is geared entirely toward selling construction projects ...

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Pentair’s Commercial UV Systems

Pentair (Cary, N.C.) makes the BioShield Commercial UV disinfection system, designed to eliminate problems with waterborne pathogens and chloramine formation. The system is made of ...

VGB-Compliant Outlets from AquaStar

AquaStar (Ventura, Calif.) manufacturers a complete line of anti-entrapment suction outlets made to VGB-certified specifications. All components meet or exceed ANSI/APSP 16-2011 ...

Garden Artisans Offers Giant Leaf Fountains

Garden Artisans (Annapolis, Md.) sells giant leaf fountains by Henri Studios. The fountain is crafted of cast stone (concrete) and offered in a range of both standard and custom ...