Lots of watershapers market themselves as designers and offer their services to prospective clients as such. But there’s more to the title, observes Paolo Benedetti, than self-proclamation, wishful thinking or even education — and here’s why.[more]
Seeing a Bigger Picture
When you have a project that reaches beyond the patio to include pools, spas and/or fire features, says Bruce Zaretsky, it’s wise to consider a whole range of issues related to positioning, integrating and defining access to these important backyard amenities.[more]
WaterShapes TV, Part 5
Here we present the fifth and concludingsegment of the WaterShapes TV pilot, this one focused on a diverse trio of projects by Brian Van Bower: a classic lagoon pool, an ultra-formal perimeter-overflow pool and a whimsical guitar-shaped classic.[more]
Making Things Easier
An unusually windy day in Southern California required Jim McCloskey to spend some time netting leaves out of his pool. The exercise prompted him to meditate on the virtues of labor-saving devices and suggest a way to make them part of every watershape’s design.[more]
Natalie Wood: Tragic Accidental Drowning Or Something More Sinister? [more]
Finding the Artistry Amid the Art
The Getty Center in Los Angeles is monumental and maybe a bit overwhelming, says Jim McCloskey, but if you can pull your attention away from the galleries during your visit, he promises you’ll find respite in numerous spaces artfully defined by water.[more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
What Pool Device Did Jandy Industries’ Founder Andrew Pansini Invent in 1957?
Many water-related stories have been in the news in the past several weeks — including reports connected to the four questions below.
1. Andrew Pansini, founder of Jandy Industries, died recently at the age of 93. He started Jandy in 1958; the year before, he invented an important device for swimming pools. What was it?
a. Automatic pool cover c. Automatic pool cleaner b. Automatic pool pump d. Automatic pool filter
2. Due to a devastating drought, one Texas city is imposing water usage restrictions beginning Dec. 12 — with even more-stringent restrictions possibly to go into effect by this coming summer. Which city is it?
a. Dallas b. San Antonio c. Houston d. El Paso
3. Five-time Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Ian Thorpe — who is attempting to make a comeback after a five-year hiatus — gave a disappointing performance in the 100-meter butterfly at the recent World Cup meet in Tokyo. Still, he hopes to qualify for next year’s Olympics in London. What country is Thorpe from?
a. New Zealand b. Australia c. Canada d. USA
4. There is considerable evidence that competitive swimmers are having much longer careers than they once did. Now, swimmers who were in their teens and early twenties when they competed in their first Olympic Games are returning to participate in multiple subsequent Olympics. What is the most plausible explanation?
a. Just a coincidence related to specific individuals b. Better injury prevention and treatment c. A dearth of young, talented swimmers d. Use of improved performance-enhancing drugs