THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
November 4, 2015 www.watershapes.com
UP ON THE ROOF
Rooftop swimming pools and spas offer breathtaking views, writes Rob Holmer, but they also tend to come with an array of unique challenges. Here, he discusses how knowing the forces at work on elevated concrete shells will help when it comes to getting things just right. [more]
Transforming a small front yard into a tranquil, meditative retreat can be a great way to expand usable living space, observes Ketti Kupper. It can also, as she demonstrates here, turn a compact courtyard into an art gallery and a stage for personal expression. [more]
Durable Pool Plaster, Revisited
Five years ago, Kim Skinner wrote about what was involved in making pool plaster durable. A lot has come to light and been studied and evaluated since then, he says -- more than enough to warrant preparation of a detailed, side-by-side update on the subject. [more]
From Pebble Beach to Augusta National, water and the game of golf share a storied history -- and the relationship is growing even closer, says landscape architect and watershaper Ken Alperstein of Pinnacle Design. As new courses compete for major tournaments and real estate sales on adjoining properties, course architects are using streams, ponds and lakes to make aesthetic statements and are giving watershapers a chance to work on the grandest scale.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in March 2001, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
New World Impressions
Throughout history, stone has been used to create structures of enduring beauty -- some of them icons the world over. But others, including many found in Central America, are relatively unfamiliar and, notes Bobbie Schwartz, are definitely worth a visit. [more]
A Personal Invitation
The International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo is a great place to catch up with friends, make new acquaintances and exchange ideas, writes Jim McCloskey. That's why he's inviting you to visit the WaterShapes booth to chat about what's on your mind -- and his. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Crime and Enjoyment Dept.: Truck with a makeshift pool (and three women) in its bed pulled over by police. [more]
Something about the sloshing caught the cop's eye.
Ancient Innovations Dept.: Getting around drought conditions was an elaborate way of life in India. [more]
I can't escape being fascinated by these step wells..
In his Aqua Culture column for November 2010, Brian Van Bower
wrote about a growing influence on both his creative and business outlooks -- something that had him thinking big. [more]
Our Once-in-a-Lifetime Sale may be over, but if you stop by the WaterShapes booth (#1065 in the Genesis 3 Pavilion) during the International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo and hand us a business card, we'll honor the ridiculously low introductory rate of $100 for your first year's membership in the WaterShapes Professional Network. (See Jim McCloskey's WaterShapes World blog above for details.)
The Network is growing: Shouldn't you be climbing aboard?
WaterShapes World (blog)
At a time when good news seems hard to come by, Eric Herman bucks the norm by sharing some facts and figures about water conservation over the last 40 years that give us all genuine cause for hope. Indeed, we may have more control over water use than most people think.