THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
November 5, 2014 www.watershapes.com
Waters of Paradise
Brought in to work on an oddly shaped property in Panama, Raymond Jungles did what came naturally: He sized up the site, negotiated some key details with the homeowners and, using water, plants and stone, brought their secluded tropical retreat vibrantly to life. [more]
The Making of a Frog Pond
Opening a new six-part video series on what it takes to craft ponds that appeal specifically to frogs, Eric Triplett gets started here by defining some of the key points that distinguish a common backyard pond from a suitable and welcome haven for water-loving amphibians. [more]
WHAT IS IT?
#16: Fire Fountain
As a pool/spa designer, Mike Farley constantly looks for ways to strech his design and construction skills. As this video demonstrates, that sometimes means stepping beyond what might be considered the usual professional boundaries -- and playing with fire in the process. [more]
The benefits of swimming and other forms of aquatic exercise are better defined and more widely known than ever before, notes Dr. Bruce Becker, one of the nation's top researchers into all the good things that happen when people get in the water. But there are a number of obstacles that are keeping some of those who would benefit from actually getting in the water to help themselves, he adds -- a surmountable set of issues he explores here.
This article, originally published in July 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text.
The Shape of Sacrifice
The D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., is a visit-worthy commemoration of the sacrifices made by the U.S. and allied troops who landed in Normandy in June 1944. At its center, notes Jon Mitovich, stands a striking watershape that captures the emotional spirit of the battlefield. [more]
Through a Glass, Brightly
Being on the road is enough to disrupt anyone's usual way of doing things, but, as always, the show must go on. And that's true, writes Jim McCloskey, even when it means setting aside a work habit he's observed for more years than he cares to count. [more]
Huge Outbreak of Hyper-Shrinkage?
43rd Annual Int'l Nude Swim Meet Held in Mulhouse, France
As a lighting designer, Mike Gambino came out strongly in November 2009 with his thoughts on the power of a particular combination of design elements to create visually spectacular projects. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Clay Filter Medium from Emperor Aquatics
Emperor Aquatics (Pottstown, PA) offers Filter Clay, a multi-function filtration medium made from clay finely ground and baked at a consistent particle size. Intended for use in both mechanical and biological filter applications, the material works as a substitute for fine sand and has a highly porous surface that makes it ideal for bacterial colonization. For details, click here.
Zodiac Pool Systems Launches Jandy Pro Series Heat Pumps
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) has introduced the Jandy Pro Series JE line of heat pumps. Designed to deliver maximum energy efficiency and reliability, the efficient units come in four models from 72,000 to 137,000 Btus and feature titanium heat exchangers, dual thermostats (for pool or spa), self-diagnostics and Aqualink compatibility. For details, click here.
THE AQUATIC QUIZ
Daredevil BASE Jump into Pool Results in Big Splash, No Splat
Many water-related stories have been in the news of late -- including reports connected to the three questions below.
1. At a recent international BASE jumping event in a major Asian city, jumpers flung themselves off a 1,099-foot tower and, according to HuffingtonPost.com, parachuted down into an outdoor swimming pool on the 34th floor of a nearby building. In what city did this take place?
a. Jakarta, Indonesia b. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia c. Tokyo, Japan d. Bangkok, Thailand.
2. Artist Henri Matisse's famous work "The Swimming Pool" ("La Piscine") -- which consists of paper cutouts hung along large burlap panels -- has gone on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art after a hiatus of 20 years. The 1952 piece was inspired, notes hyperallergic.com, by a trip Matisse took to one of his favorite swimming pools. In what French city was the pool located?
a. Rennes b. Lyon c. Cannes d. Marseilles.
3. Right-wingers in one European country are protesting a swimming pool's announced plan to hold special swim courses for Muslim women (non-Muslim women may attend as well). The courses will be taught only by female instructors, reports rt.com, and participants will be "required to wear a wetsuit with sleeves and knee-length shorts, as well as a swimming cap." In which country is the controversy taking place?
WaterShapes World (blog)
Two recent news items caught Jim McCloskey's eye -- one a comical story about a Dutch artist's inspired response to a perceived civic insult, the other a developing tragedy about San Francisco's apparent willingness to erase a splendid part of its rich cu