Set high on the bluffs overlooking Costa Rica's Pacific shoreline, this composition in water, tile and spectacular vanishing-edge drama is his best work to date, asserts watershaper Joan Roca. When it first appeared on the magazine's cover late in 2005, it was still under construction. Now it is complete, he says, which leads him to share new images of this masterpiece of modern design and high-caliber watershaping.
This article, originally published in March 2006, 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. [click here to continue]
A Pool-Buyer's Guide, Part 1
Buying a pool shouldn't be a casual process, observes Paolo Benedetti. Here, in the first of two articles on the subject, he advises that reaching the best possible outcome takes persistence, homework -- and a clear ambition to build a solid information base. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#4: Mastic Joints
Mike Farley keeps his ears open when talking with homeowners about their projects, and the result is brief videos (including this one) in which he answers their often-unusual questions. But who would ever think that humble mastic joints would be the subject of curiosity? [more]
In his designs, Steve Oliver finds steady inspiration in the grandeur of water as it flows from one level to another. Here, he uses an array of vanishing edges and gentle cascades to enhance views from an art-enriched home high on the rim of the Arizona desert. [more]
When the latest issue of a regional consumer-awareness magazine crossed his desk, Jim McCloskey cringed -- but soon discovered that the article on pool construction and service made sensible points after taking the usual obligatory swipes at the industry's rough image. [more]
Now at WaterShapes.com . . .
The archives of all items run in Across the Internet and Aquatic Health, Fitness & Safety are now available -- a treasure trove of odd and interesting information you can share with your contacts. We roam the web to find this stuff so you don't have to! [click here for a test drive]
Kmart in Hot Water!
Shark in Swimming Pool Dies During Ad Shoot for Retail Giant
In Jim McCloskey's 50-plus years of exploring his home town's highways and byways, he's come across some underappreciated Los Angeles gems -- including this amazing garden sanctuary located just a short distance away from two major freeways. [more]
The Architect Connection
When he wrote this article in March 2008, architect Greg Danskin saw that watershaping was well on its way to becoming an independent design discipline -- and offered some timely advice to ease the transition. [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Superstar U.S. Olympic Swimmer
Ryan Lochte Has TV Reality Show
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. Beginning on April 21, U.S. Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte will have a reality show on the E! television network. What will the program be called?
a. "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" b. "What Makes Ryan Swim?"
c. "Ryan Lochte: All Wet and Lovin' It!" d. "Speed Swimming with Ryan Lochte."
2. A lone sea creature has been spotted swimming up New York's East River - and of this writing, it appears to be healthy and doing well. What creature was seen?
a. Shark b. Whale c. Dolphin d. Manatee.
3. Legendary open-water swimmer Petar Stoychev - who has won world swimming championships, participated in four Olympic Games and been inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame - has been named Sport Minister of his native Eastern European country. What country is Stoychev from?
WaterShapes World (blog)
An article with photographs of beautiful pools isn't a rare commodity, writes Jim McCloskey. But in this case, reviewing the images triggered a flood of thoughts on global watershaping and how fast ideas and approaches have been moving through the past 30-odd years.