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2015/12.1, December 2 -- Access Assistance, Distant Projects, Duck Ponds and more

THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        December 2, 2015                                                                                                    www.watershapes.com

FEATURE ARTICLE
     
Working on the Road    

Completing a project at any real distance from your home base is tough, notes Barry Justus.  But with careful project management and planning, it's possible to make it work -- even if the job site is three long hours away and you get started while there's still snow on the ground.    [more]
VIDEO GALLERY
Web-Footed Wonderland

If you've penned in a large and growing group of assorted waterfowl, notes Mike Gannon, there comes a time when a big pond will be required.  Here's a look at the special considerations and features involved in shaping these unique aquatic environments.  [more]
FEATURE ARTICLE

Functional Aesthetics
 
A designer's responsibility for the look of a project doesn't vanish when a client has special needs and requires ready access to the water, writes Paolo Benedetti.  Here, he runs through some options that ease the way in and out of a watershape while still pleasing the eye.    [more]

ESSENTIAL
Back to the Garden               

As a design concept, Japanese gardens know no cultural or geographic borders:  Elements of this style of garden design have been exported throughout the world to shape exterior spaces of all sorts in both public and private settings. Here, landscape designer Elizabeth Navas Finley discusses the underlying principles of Japanese gardens, defining ways in which this simple approach to designing spaces can be put to use across a spectrum of applications.


This article, originally published in WaterShapes in December 1999, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.

TRAVELOGUE
Sealing the Deal

The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas encompasses a range of elaborate watershapes -- lakes, fountains, a rock-waterfall mountain and a host of pools and spas.  His company waterproofed these systems, writes Tim Eorgan, to make them a gorgeous attraction when you visit Sin City.  [more]
WATERSHAPES WORLD
Remembering a Friend

There was a lot going on at this year's International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, writes Jim McCloskey -- and more than enough by way of new and interesting products that it made him think back to conversations he once had with a long-departed friend and enduring industry icon.    [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .

Paying It Forward Dept.:  Fashion house Fendi agrees to fund restoration of four more fountains in Rome.   [more]
Saving Trevi Fountain apparently just wasn't enough!

 

Making It Deeper Dept.:  The race is on, with England outdigging Italy to build another super-deep pool.   [more] 
At 50 meters, it's a cut way below other research plunges.      

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC
Commercial Constraints         
 
In his Aqua Culture column of December 2005, Brian Van Bower highlighted a reversal in the way innovations were flowing -- and saw it as a challenge that needed to be addressed.   [more] 
THE SHOPPING CART
 
Custom Molded Products Introduces LED Laminars  

Custom Molded Products (Tyrone, GA) has launched a laminar jet system featuring advanced LED lighting, a synchronizing system and a prefilter for use around pools.  Designed for a balance of performance and reliability, the units have precision stainless steel nozzles and a flow system that minimizes turbulence for a glass-like laminar flow.  For details, click here
  
Waterplay Solutions Offers 'Cirque' Aquatic Features 
    
WPN UPDATE
Making Space
for Badges     
 
Within the next few days, the 50 companies currently participating in the WaterShapes Professional Network will be asked to place the WPN-member badge on their own web site's home pages -- a crucial step that will jump-start the network's consumer-reaching capability.  With those key links in place, the WPN site will be of much greater interest to search engines and therefore much easier for consumers to find.  That means more clicks, more leads, more benefits to membership.

The Network is growing:  Shouldn't you be climbing aboard?

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