THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
April 19, 2017 www.watershapes.com
Along with concerns about water consumption, questions on space allocation and energy use constitute the 'Big Three' among issues raised in sizing up fountain projects. Here, Robert Mikula wraps up this three-part series by offering answers that turn doubters into advocates. [more]
Lined with shimmering Travertine, the formal courtyard needed some softening. What could be better, thought Colleen Holmes, than adding a sonorous waterfall along with a crisp, rectilinear pond -- and then livening it all up with the flashing colors of mood-altering fish? [more]
A long-ago stay on a faraway island is among Jim McCloskey's most treasured memories. Part of the experience was a Renaissance-era fountain standing at the heart of an Aegean city that's been at the crossroads of history for more than 5,000 tumultuous years. [more]
Forms of Fun
As the popularity of interactive watershapes continues to grow, more and more architects, aquatic designers, home and resort developers, city officials and others are recognizing their value to communities. Indeed, says Stephen Hamelin, founder of Vortex Aquatic Structures, working with these exciting manifestations of aquatic fun is a positive experience at every level, especially given the opportunities they offer to help children learn through play.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in October 2005, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Water-in-Transit Pond Problem
Understanding how to move water from one level to another is among the most complex challenges in all of watershaping, notes Scott Cohen, because there are so many ways to get into trouble -- including the mistakes made in the pond project described in this article. [more]
Spring Is Here!
As he rolls into another hopeful season of renewal in the various nooks, crannies and open spaces around his home, Jim McCloskey writes that he's come to appreciate the annual rhythms and routines -- even if it makes March and April by far the most hectic months of his year. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Odd Perspective Dept.: An unusual look at what goes on below the waterline with synchronized swimmers.[more] All it takes to create a cool illusion is an inverted camera.
Out of Service Dept.: A brief survey of London public swimming pools that are no longer in use. [more]
Striking architecture evokes the sad passing of an era.
Just the Opposite
Back in 2002, Brian Van Bower went on a tear, venting his frustration with the way his industry did things. Have designers and builders changed since then in the ways he so fervently wanted them to? [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Antique Fountains from Millstones.com
Millstones.com (Atlanta, GA) combines cast iron, stone and water to create millstone fountains. The self-contained, low-maintenance units -- made using old, recycled millstones and cast-iron sugar cane syrup kettles with unique historical character -- create great, soothing sounds, from murmuring undertones to a rush of flowing water. For details, click here.
Bobé Unveils the Pure Flow Scupper
Bobé Water & Fire Features (Phoenix, AZ) offers Pure Flow, a scupper engineered for a pressure-based flow. The result is a thick sheet of water that can travel a distance of up to three feet in entering a pool. Made with marine-grade stainless steel, the units cannot warp and feature a filter system that prevents rocks and debris from clogging the scupper. For details, click here.
Building Your Web Presence
If you design and/or build pools, spas, fountains, ponds, streams, waterfalls or other forms of contained, controlled water, you have a proven ability to create projects of great beauty. But how do you spread the word about your skills and talents to those who might want you to help them make water part of their daily lives?
The WaterShapes Professional Network can help you there. We've built a web site where dozens of designers and builders of watershapes of all types participate as an Internet collective -- a grouped entity large enough and interrelated in ways that make search engines treat all participants with respect. So if it's a strong (or even just a stronger) web presence you're after, please do take a look and get involved.
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.