THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 26, 2017 www.watershapes.com
This downtown Indianapolis apartment complex wanted a rooftop pool to help build a sense of community. Stainless steel was the answer here, writes Gary Novitski -- a shell that allowed for a stylish, vanishing-edge look up top while keeping everything watertight and safely dry below. [more]
From Tank to Pond
Pitching in to move four large turtles out of a plain concrete tank and into a beautiful pond was soul satisfying, notes Ed Beaulieu. But making the project a gift to a pioneering turtle researcher? That was even more rewarding for the 50 skilled volunteers who helped make it happen. [more]
He was perfectly happy with the impression the fountain had made the first time he saw it, says Jim McCloskey. That's why he's so dismayed by the 'updated' version, which takes a powerful, kinetic sculpture and hobbles it in what he labels a sad, unfortunate renovation. [more]
Pyrotechnic-effects expert Karl Nettmann has been involved with creating dramatic flame effects for more than a dozen years, first for television and film productions and now in landscapes and other 'real world' spaces. Here, he discusses the range of effects that can be achieved using fire, the technology behind common systems and basic safety considerations that must be accommodated no matter the simplicity or complexity of an effect.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in March 2006, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
Both structurally and hydraulically, vanishing-edge pools are more complex than the average backyard swimming hole. Here, Scott Cohen delves into a few of the details that most often lead to problems, offering valuable advice on forming, water leveling and catch basins. [more]
A Sinking Feeling
He generally sees travel as an exciting experience, writes Jim McCloskey. But in this case, it was also a sobering reminder of the extent to which our beloved coastlines are at risk -- a reality easily seen in moving through the challenged waterways of one great European city. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Pages of History Dept.: Would you believe San Francisco once boasted the world's largest outdoor pool?[more] Or that the big ocean-fed brute was open until the 1970s?
It's About Time Dept.: Olympics to include mixed-gender squads in several sports, including a swim relay. [more]
4 x 100 mixed medley is on the agenda for Tokyo 2020.
Free Your Mind
Back in 2007, Brian Van Bower offered his observations on overcoming his own budget-related preconceptions about clients. Some points he made still ring true, but has today's economy changed things? [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Natural Wonders Waterfall Systems from CMP
CMP (Newnan, GA) offers Natural Wonders Waterfalls for adding sheer veils of water to pools, spas and other waterfeatures. Available in lengths up to eight feet, the units feature rear or bottom ports, require flows of only one gallon per minute per inch, can be made to fit any convex or concave contour and come in clear, white, grey and tan. For details, click here.
Atlantic Water Gardens Upgrades Pond-Free Kits
Atlantic Water Gardens (Mantua, OH) has updated its pond-free kits by including higher performance pumps and warm-white LED lights. The pre-matched packages come complete -- including glue, cleaner, sealant, fittings and auto-fill devices -- and pair vaults and spillways with energy-efficient pumps selected for specific stream dimensions. For details, click here.
Those of you who design and build pools, spas, fountains, ponds, streams, waterfalls and other forms of contained, controlled water have perfected your capacity to create works of great beauty. But you face real challenges when it comes to conveying messages about your skills and talents to consumers and prospective clients who might be interested in having you help them make water part of their daily lives -- if only they could find you!
That's where the WaterShapes Professional Network can help: We've built a web presence in which scores of designers and builders of watershapes of all types participate as an Internet colossus -- an entity large and interconnected enough that search engines have to treat it 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)
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!