THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
March 8, 2017 www.watershapes.com
To win this backyard project in competition with three big Atlanta architecture firms, Shane LeBlanc had to call on his eye for grand-scale details in creating a delightfully asymmetrical poolscape -- one that looks polished, inviting and fun from every conceivable angle. [more]
Pond owners tend to focus on the larger forms of wildlife that enjoy being in or near their watergardens. But as Ed Beaulieu points out here, there are dozens of diminutive creatures that merit attention -- and also do a remarkable job of bolstering and sustaining the ecosystem. [more]
Through the years, Brian Davis has been asked to try all sorts of 'wonder products' -- a process that has made him so skeptical that he tests almost everything he sees. As he discusses here, that included a thermo-polymer option to Portland cement-based pool finishes. [more]
Swimming to Longevity
Delivering the keynote address to the World Aquatic Health Conference in September 2008, Dr. Steven N. Blair asked a simple question: Does swimming reduce your risk of dying? As he stressed then and repeats in detail here, the answer is a resounding yes. Indeed, the findings he offers stand among the most compelling reasons ever offered to promote swimming and other forms of aquatic exercise to the general public.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in May 2009, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text.
Covering the Traces
In 2008, Bostonians were compensated for 50 years of tolerating urban blight when the raised highway that split their city was demolished. Now, a string of parks Lynn Wolff and John Copleydescribe here link the waterfront with the downtown area -- definitely worth a visit! [more]
A Better Plan?
The swimming and diving was magnificent at the Rio Olympics last summer, and the pools were beautiful, too -- but performed poorly and now seem doomed. This leads Jim McCloskey to make a modest suggestion toward helping to ensure better results next time. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Magic Fountain Dept.: A slithering dragon projected across a sheet of water vapor wows the crowd. [more]
The video is all too brief, but the 3-D effect is amazing.
Killer Curl Dept.: Kelly Slater releases a mind-bending new video of his wave machine in action. [more]
In a lifetime at the beach, I've never seen such perfection.
Making the List
Back in 2007, Brian Van Bower wrote persuasively about the importance of gathering information from his design clients -- and of using a key shortcut to make that process streamlined and manageable. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Stegmeier's Textured Pool Forming System
Stegmeier (Arlington, TX) manufactures Texturit, an economical, reuseable pool-coping form that provides a stone-edge look and feel. The cantilever forms attach to the tile on a gunite, fiberglass or vinyl-liner pool using three strips of double-faced tape that hold the form in place without tie wires. The flexible units conform to any contour. For details, click here.
PAL Lighting Offers Water Blade LED Lights
PAL Lighting (Tucson, AZ) supplies Water Blade, a full-color LED light system designed to illuminate spillways and scuppers. Designed for wet locations and available in lengths up to eight feet, the units have WiFi-control compatibility and come with remotes that manage color, speed and brightness while recalling the last setting for easy mood adjustment. For details, click here.
We're Here to Help You Grow
The numbers are wild: The listings of most companies participating in the WaterShapes Professional Network have been visited by consumers hundreds of times, which isn't surprising. What really grabs the eye is that fact that, on average, those who view these listings are clicking through to the companies' own web sites more than 35 percent of the time the listing is viewed. And in a couple of remarkable cases, way over 50 percent of those viewing a WPN listing are clicking through to participants' web sites to get more information.
WaterShapes World (blog)
A news story about a pair of community groups that are raising money to pay for restoration of an iconic Minneapolis fountain recently caught Jim McCloskey's eye -- and leads him to discuss a hopeful trend toward public intervention when municipalities can't seem to get the job done.