Designing watershapes to fit with architecture in the style of the Spanish Colonial Revival is fairly straightforward, notes Mark Holden, so long as you’re aware of the hallmarks and materials of the style and manage to work sensibly within their constraints.[more]
The Art of Concealment
It’s the small details that count, says Paolo Benedetti in opening a new series on making things that do not need to be seen disappear from view. He starts with drain covers, defining methods he uses to make them as unobtrusive as possible — but still fully functional.[more]
Taking the Plunge
San Francisco’s Sutro Baths have been in ruins for decades, but to Jim McCloskey, even visiting the craggy foundations of one of California’s greatest seaside plunges brings to mind a time when ambitious people could accomplish the incredible for the sake of good fun. [more]
A chat with a friend leads Jim McCloskey to clarify why he’s writing about watershape details and amenities that either please or bother him. Here, he uses portable spas as an example of good products that would be even better if they weren’t so visually intrusive.[more]
NEW MEMOIR BY FORMER WHITE HOUSE INTERN SAYS JFK AFFAIR BEGAN IN POOL[more]
The Best Medicine
Just a few months after September 11, 2001, Brian Van Bower meditated on the role of watershapes in our society. Rereading his words today shows how much more we must do to make their virtues better understood.[more]
JOIN THE DIALOGUE
Spending Time with WaterShapes.com
Our Join the Dialogue mailbag was filled this time by a single reader who not only read the newsletter, but also spent some time carefully reviewing articles he spotted on the home page of our Web site. [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Europe Swimming Championships Move from Belgium to Hungary
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late — including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. The site of the upcoming European swimming championships — scheduled to take place two months before the London Olympics — is being moved from Antwerp, Belgium, to Debrecen, Hungary. Why?
a. A dispute between Belgium’s French-speaking Walloons and Dutch-speaking Flemings. b. A budget shortfall of $525,000. c. Hungary’s successful lawsuit brought before the High Court of the Europe Union. d. Ongoing problems with the Belgian electrical grid.
2. The Save Mart Supermarkets chain has launched a “Save Our Pools” campaign in one California city; the chain has pledged to match the first $500,000 raised by local residents, which will enable the city’s public pools to open this summer. Which city is it?
a. Fresno c. Oakland b. Eureka d. Sacramento
3. Residents of Mumbai, India, just stood around and watched when a 7-year-old boy was spotted floating motionless in a swimming pool; the child did not receive medical attention until 45 minutes later and was pronounced dead. What reason did the bystanders give for their inaction?
a. The boy belonged to a lower caste. b. None of the bystanders knew how to swim. c. They said rescuing the boy was the job of the police. d. They assumed the boy must already be dead.