THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
October 9, 2019 www.watershapes.com
Committed to Balance
It's tough to develop a landscape design that satisfies the social needs of a family while also meeting the practical needs of a thriving home-based business, writes Colleen Holmes. Ever consider what's involved in setting up a parking lot so it also serves as an off-hours retreat? [more]
Now familiar with the unusual realities of the huge fountain-renovation project they'd undertaken, J. Wickham Zimmerman and Chris Roy had to figure out how to proceed despite difficult access, limited pipe penetrations and, of course, super-high civic expectations. [more]
Lighting by Design
To watershape designers and landscape professionals who see lighting as uncharted territory, Bruce Dennis offers simple encouragement: Apply what you already know about artfully organizing spaces and working with contrasts and textures and you already have a big head start. [more]
An Elegant Edge
Peter Cattano has built a distinguished watershaping career by creating quality swimming pools in many of the Northeast's most beautiful settings. Here, he profiles a project he counts among his firm's finest achievements: a vanishing-edge pool in a spectacular woodland setting -- and the product of an artful collaboration among the clients, Cattano's staff at Paco Pools and the talented landscape architects at Schlick Design Group.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in March 2004, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
The watershapes that literally embrace this hospital in Ogden, Utah, are crucial to the success of the facility's self-consciously relaxing, curative environment, says Derk Hebdon. Its 65-foot water plume and soothing, 170-foot-wide waterfall are worthy of a non-medical visit. [more]
When It Rains
The news from Skip Phillips about his separation from Genesis prompts Jim McCloskey to take another look at where we've been while pondering upcoming possibilities for an industry that needs good technical training and professional education, now more than ever. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Pretty Amazing Dept.: Ballet dancer dives into a pool, performs as long as she can hold her breath. [more]
She's great, but I wonder what the lap-swimmer thought?
Aquatic Fantasy Dept.: Artist uses hand-painted tiles to connect a round pool with a vivid splash zone. [more]
Called 'Gateway,' it asks you to explore a cosmic amoeba.
It's Easier Being Green
In his October 2009 Aqua Culture column, Brian Van Bower came down resolutely in favor of what was then an emerging movement -- and here's another look at why he felt a need to speak up about it. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Hayward Offers VGB-Compliant Outlets
Hayward Pool Products (Elizabeth, NJ) manufactures the WG Series of VGB-compliant square drain covers for residential and commercial pool applications. Available in a wide range of sizes and flow designs and designed for use on concrete pools for new construction or renovations, the low-velocity units limit flow to 1.5 feet per second. For details, click here.
Belgard Offers Stone Fireplace Kits
Belgard (Atlanta, GA) assembles linear fireplace kits made with Weston Stone. Designed for a clean, sculpted look, the 40-inch-tall units are just over eight feet wide and three feet deep and come with step-by-step installation guides, natural-gas-burning pans/burners (with a propane option), all required stone components and a special adhesive. For details, click here.
Getting a Jump on 2020
Many watershapers have, through the years, invested heavily in building their own beautiful web sites, then wondered why prospective clients haven't been beating paths to their doors. The hold-up? It's a simple fact that building a strong web presence as a stand-alone site is a daunting challenge -- and that's precisely why we started the WaterShapes Professional Network.
By building a collective presence in which dozens and, eventually, hundreds of sites participate as an interlinked colossus, WPN becomes a group entity the search engines can't overlook. So if it's a strong (or stronger) web presence you're after, check it out.
WaterShapes World (blog)
Water and plants go together like wine and cheese, says editor Eric Herman, which is why WaterShapes has always made a point of covering the use of plants in spaces that feature water. Unfortunately, despite the beauty and practicality of working with plants, many watershapers relegate softscape to an afterthought. Perhaps it’s time that should change.