Making Frames To Colorado pond/stream specialist Dave Garton, a certain 'flexible responsiveness' is the quality of utmost importance in all of his watershape designs. It's an approach, he says, that calls for a keen understanding both of the setting and of what makes his clients tick -- a dual awareness he puts on eloquent display here in discussing how he maximizes the personal appeal of his designs even as he works across a broad range of project types and styles. This article, originally published in May 2009, has been digitized for all readers. Once you click 'more' on the next screen, you can zoom in on images to study the craftsmanship in detail. [continue]
Landscapes Go Green
More and more often these days, Scott Cohen encounters clients who want him to take a 'green' approach to their backyards and incorporate a variety of eco-friendly concepts and strategies into their projects. Here's how he gets the ideas rolling. [more]
From waterparks to pools and spas, great watershaping is largely about the plumbing that makes these systems work. As Steve Gutai attests, there's nothing more fundamental to hydraulic success than securing all pipes, fittings and components in the right connections. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#2: Vanishing Edge
Vanishing-edge designs are among the most popular of all watershape possibilities, notes Mike Farley, but that doesn't mean clients really understand their features or how they work. That's why he prepared this brief video to answer their most common questions. [more]
Tackling the New Year
On the first day of 2013, Jim McCloskey did something he'd never dreamed of doing before -- and it set the stage for a quick meditation on open-mindedness and stepping beyond the limits we impose on ourselves in both our private and professional lives. [more]
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Audience Floats in Boats 'Life of Pi' Paris Premiere Held at Iconic Indoor Pool
Whenever he travels to New York City, Jim McCloskey has always made a point of visiting the Prometheus Fountain at Rockefeller Plaza. He describes it as a great and calming space in the midst of a teeming metropolis -- especially so when the city's at its busiest. [more]
The Main Ingredient
All watershapers should be conscious of one big thing, noted Brian Van Bower in January 2003 -- that is, the profound role water plays in our lives and the distinctive benefits of which we all should take advantage. [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Scientists Vindicate Phelps, Lochte on Pool Urination
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late - including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. Following the 2012 London Olympic Games, U.S. swimming champions Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte both revealed they urinated in the Olympics training pool -- and they asserted there was nothing wrong with the practice. That assertion has been validated by the organization Sense About Science (SAS), at least when it comes to health concerns. Each year, SAS "challenges and examines scientific claims made by celebrities to prevent inaccurate information [from] gaining public acceptance...." Why did the group say Phelps and Lochte were right?
a. In a large pool, a single urination is just "a drop in the bucket." b. Urine -- a combination of salts and water, with moderate amounts of protein and DNA breakdown products -- is essentially sterile. c. Chlorine in the pool prevents bacteria from growing anyway. d. All of the above.
2. Despite several attempts - her most recent at age 63 - American open-water distance swimming legend Diana Nyad has failed to achieve her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida without benefit of a shark cage. Now 27-year-old Chloe McCardel, also an accomplished open-water distance swimmer, has announced her intention to attempt the same feat in 2013. What country is McCardel from?
a. Canada b. New Zealand c. Australia d. Ireland.
3. Openwaterswimming.com has conducted a survey to determine the number of people engaged in open-water distance swimming. How many professional open-water distance swimmers are there in the world, according to the survey results?
a. 379 (203 males and 176 females) b. 491 (300 males and 191 females) c. 785 (395 males and 390 females) d. None of the above.
WaterShapes World (blog)
A bout of warm weather led Jim McCloskey to think back on summers past and how he spent two of them as a child learning to swim at the local municipal pool. The lessons cost his parents almost nothing back then -- and left him with a life skill that seem