Inspired by the work of great architects, watershaper Paolo Benedetti has created a masterpiece of his own in the form of a pool/spa composition that now graces a spectacular setting in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. Using multiple water levels, reflective surfaces and water-in-transit effects, the design delivers straight-ahead contemporary aesthetics while encompassing a sublimely complicated set of geometric and hydraulic relationships.
This article, originally published in August 2005, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Special Ponds, Special Purpose
Wanting to give back to their local communities, Eric Triplett and his staff participate in 'Ponds for Schools,' a program that (as seen in this video) gets a school's students actively involved in building ponds, streams and waterfalls that become outdoor classrooms. [more]
Backwash valves, says Steve Gutai, are the unsung heroes of many hydraulic systems. Seldom considered unless in use, these handy devices can, if properly selected and installed, simplify filter maintenance, extend filter cycles and even stretch a filter's service life. [more]
Sliding into Backyard Waterparks
One way to get the kids off the couch, writes Kathryn Varden, is to set up a 'backyard waterpark' as a focus for active play. To make it happen, homeowners will likely need to weigh options when it comes to slides, prompting her to offer this guide to getting in on the fun. [more]
Into the Wild
Getting out on the road early in the summer is always nice, but when the destinations include Yosemite and California's High Sierras, writes Jim McCloskey, the opportunities for observing wild water in action are simply not to be rivalled. [more]
Down to the River
Inspired by the hugely popular San Antonio Riverwalk, the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP) is a definite must-see: As described here by Donald Brandes Jr., the project upgraded an old town's rusty image and demonstrates the transforming power of water. [more]
CDC Answers the Question . . .
Are U.S. Public Swimming Pools Full of . . . Uhh . . . Poop?
To make accessing its information even easier, we've just revamped the Products section of our Homepage menu, dividing the growing collection of entries among a flexible range of categories. To see how things are now arrayed in, for example, the new Pool/Spa category, click here.
David Tisherman has always taken photographs to record the processes with which his watershapes are built. If you've ever wondered why he's so passionate about doing so, check out this text from 2003. [more]
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
New Attempt to Swim from Cuba
to Florida Without a Shark Cage
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. Chloe McCardel, a 27-year-old endurance swimmer, is planning to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys without a shark cage -- a feat veteran swimmer Diana Nyad has unsuccessfully attempted four times. What country is McCardel from?
a. New Zealand b. UK c. Canada d. Australia
2. Media reports suggest that the International Swimming Hall of Fame, which has been located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., since 1965, may move in 2015. If it does, what city is considered the most likely candidate for its new home?
a. Tempe, Ariz. b. Santa Clara, Calif. c. Myrtle Beach, S.C. d. Duluth, Minn.
3. Rick Curl, a former swimming coach in the Washington, D.C. area, was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing one of his female students over a five-year period. The abuse began in the 1980s when the student was just 13 years old. What was the sentence Curl received?
WaterShapes World (blog)
The conclusion of two series -- one distinctly philosophical, the other quintessentially practical -- prompted Jim McCloskey to discuss how their value reaches beyond their basic topical categories. It also leads him to comment on the generosity that cha