THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
October 4, 2017 www.watershapes.com
Though his long career, John Cohen has had a knack for finding clients who appreciate his passionate approach to watershaping and, as was true for the project on display here, come to enjoy the unconventional ways in which ideas, themes, echoes and details evolve on site. [more]
Watergardens as Art
Transporting us to another time and place, Mike Gannondiscusses one of the great artistic and horticultural convergences of all time -- and brings it all up to date by defining the ways he uses that historic collaboration to inspire his designs in the here and now. [more]
Lights on the Side
Cascades look great in daylight, but lighting them has always been a challenge -- and Jeff Chapman had three of them on his plate. Fortunately, he also had access to a new LED technology -- a system that made his work just as compelling at night as it is by day. [more]
Made with fallen trees or driftwood, the vertical forms sculpted by Steve Kuntz evoke the classic totem poles of the Pacific Northwest, but they are eerily modern just the same. This is particularly true in those cases where he includes running water as part of the composition, turning his sculptures into watershapes that explore the special relationship between wood and water in ways that are both soothing and surprising.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in June 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Click hereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Carving in Jade
For more than 25 years, Nick Troubetzkoy envisioned a uniquely natural resort on the island of St. Lucia: Called Jade Mountain, that dream is now a marvel of organic architecture and host to more than two dozen vanishing-edge pools -- and you, if you choose to visit! [more]
A recent experience in a Genesis University classroom has reinvigorated Jim McCloskey's longstanding interest in technical education -- and leads him to offer some observations on the value of adding structure and discipline to the unique Genesis approach. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Formerly Buzzing Dept.: California scientist studies the mass of insects found dead in backyard pools. [more] One man's life's work is another's daily annoyance.
Civic Duty Dept.: San Francisco turned off a notorious fountain to save water, faces huge bill to restart it. [more]
It's not beloved, but it's future shouldn't be so uncertain.
Back in 2002, Stephanie Rose wrote about the importance of forming networks of professional contacts. Have events and realities of recent years done anything to alter the validity of her comments? [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Fox Pool Offers Drop-In Spas
Fox Pool Corp. (York, PA) offers pre-plumbed PoolMate Spas to drop into a deck alongside or near a swimming pool. The units include a pump and filtration system along with a 250,000 Btu heater. They also have easy-access steps and an insulated cover, offer 12 or 25 jets and come in Sparkling White or Gray Granite. For details, click here.
Pentair Commercial Offers Acu Drive XS
Pentair Commercial Aquatics (Sanford, NC) manufactures Acu Drive XS, a variable frequency drive that reduces aquatic facilities' operating costs by minimizing energy consumption as well as routine maintenance, because the units also feature motor soft start and decrease water hammer to protect shafts and impellers. For details, click here.
the Year to Come?
These days, the Internet is the information resource of choice for those looking for goods and services. But it's tough for an individual business to capture attention and interest amid the bewildering array of options facing consumers as they try to find ways to make water part of their home or working lives
That's why we started the WaterShapes Professional Network -- a place consumers are using to get basic information about pool. pond and fountain designers and builders before they start making direct phone calls to arrange for site visits and bids. It's a new way of making initial contacts and getting in the game.
WaterShapes World (blog)
There's even more major news from Watershape University: As Jim McCloskey reports, Eric Herman has joined the team and will soon take charge of WaterShapes, while Ask the Masters has agreed to add its videos and podcasts to WaterShapes.com's home page!