THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
August 10, 2016 www.watershapes.com
Edged in Green
A client's request for a turf edge to go along with his perimeter-overflow pool confronted Brian Van Bower with an unusual challenge -- and led to a solution that serves as the crowning touch for a project filled with watershapes from one side of the property to the other. [more]
POND Q & A
Back to Basics
Introducing a new video Q & A series, Eric Triplett tells the story behind these brief discussions -- and opens a dialogue with pond owners (and other professionals) who hunger for support and insights into the intricacies of ponds, pond technology and pond dynamics. [more]
An Exotic Oasis
Working far from his U.S. home base is nothing new for Josh Martin. But in the case of the Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, the scale of the project -- combined with the large number of watershapes and their abundance of precision details -- kept things interesting, one feature after another. [more]
More than five years in the making, the project profiled here pushed the landscape architects and watershapers at Root Design Co. of Austin, Texas, to explore the limits of their creativity. The result, says Ben Dozier, is a complex set of garden rooms that draw on classic French and Asian styles as well as extensive plantings and numerous sculptures, garden ornaments and fine hardscape treatments. And then, of course, there's the water.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in May 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
When a watershape's purpose is to house and nurture rescued marine animals, writes Mike Fowler, there's an extreme need for top-flight water quality. Here, he describes a facility in Clearwater, Fla., where you can see these creatures being nursed back to health. [more]
The publication of the 150th WaterShapes digital newsletter caught Jim McCloskey a little off guard last month -- an oversight he attributes to a thoroughly overbooked summer and the rhythms that develop when time flies and you're having a bit too much fun. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
When in Austria Dept.: Do what the locals do and take a refreshing bath in a tank or pool filled with beer.[more]
They say there are health benefits, but who really cares?
Cat's Best Friend Dept.: Wary feline hitches a ride as an unusually patient pooch swims around a pool. [more]
You'd expect to see something like this in a beer pool.
In his Details column from August 2006, David Tisherman discussed a feature that, he claimed, most watershapers wrongly and ill-advisedly treat as an afterthought. Click here to see what had him all fired up.
THE SHOPPING CART
Aquascape Introduces New Line of Skimmer/Filters
Aquascape (St. Charles, IL) now offers the Signature Series of skimmer/filters in three models for ponds with surface areas from 200 to 1,000 square feet. Designed to combat water quality problems and reduce maintenance by removing debris before it sinks to the bottom of the pond, the units also extend pump life and make pump access easier. For details, click here.
Viron CL Cartridge Filters from AstralPool
AstralPool (Jacksonville, FL) manufactures the Viron CL Cartridge Filter. Designed for use in residential pools, the low-maintenance units are made of non-corroding materials and feature high-capacity, antimicrobial Microban filter elements that require only annual cleaning in most applications -- a safe, healthy approach that saves both time and water. For details, click here.
The Strength of the Many
Watershapers have an uncanny ability to produce beautiful work -- and a real problem when it comes to calling their skills and talents to the attention of homeowners and others who are interested in making water part of their daily lives.
That's where the WaterShapes Professional Network comes in: By building a collective web presence in which dozens and, eventually, hundreds of sites participate as an interlinked colossus, it involves watershapers in a group entity large enough that the search engines can't overlook it. So if it's a strong (or stronger) web presence you're after, check it out.
WaterShapes World (blog)
Sorting through his understanding of the dynamics of water-related businesses, Jim McCloskey recalls the industry's last big generational transition -- and holds out some hope that the one we're experiencing now will take a somewhat easier path than the previous one.