THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
November 20, 2019 www.watershapes.com
Designing watershapes in locations where electricity and water are scarce and expensive has taught Shane LeBlanc the value, wherever he's working, of focusing on conservation. A case in point is this project -- one in which the client started out as an efficiency skeptic. [more]
The interview with Alison Terry, Dave Penton and Jimmy Reed that began in our last edition concludes here with their discussion of an amazing spa and the high-wire act they performed to complete it while finishing the renovation of what was once an oddly inadequate backyard. [more]
An Unexpected Treat
Rising up to a prominence on a walk through New York's Central Park, Jim McCloskey looked left and was startled by the composition he saw unfolding before him. It's a gem amid Frederick Law Olmstead's masterpiece -- and features a cool story about a pioneering artist's role. [more]
Spanning Space and Time
The art and craft of building wooden bridges has been overtaken through the years, with steel and reinforced-concrete structures almost entirely supplanting them for the past 100 years or so. But designer/builder Dan Moosman has bucked the modern trend, providing his clients with Craftsman-style wooden bridges that now grace landscapes across the country and make strong aesthetic statements wherever they're placed.
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in January 2006, has been digitized for all readers. Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Where Streams Live
Designing and building a big stream is no small task, with the scale of these projects and high client expectations ratcheting up the stakes. To sort it all out, Rick Anderson approaches his wandering-water projects by keeping a great resource uppermost in mind.. [more]
It's not often that Jim McCloskey is overcome by joy, but there's nothing he's ever experienced quite like the elation he feels in transferring the assets of WaterShapes.com to the folks behind Watershape University. If only they'd included an 's' in the most important word . . . [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
Home-Saving Dept.: Los Angeles firefighter says a pool-pumping system gives homeowners a major edge. [more]
It's an approach we've advocated for years in areas at risk.
Ready-Refill Dept.:Architectural Digest surveys the world's most beautiful ocean-fed swimming pools. [more]
Many are spectacular, but some do look a bit bone-chilling.
Pools of Light
As a lighting designer, Mike Gambino came out strongly in November 2009 with his thoughts on the power of a particular combination of design elements to create visually spectacular projects. [more]
THE SHOPPING CART
Bobé Launches Series of Water/Fire Bowls
Bobé Water & Fire (Phoenix, AZ) now offers the Builder Series, which combines water and fire in cost-efficient single-bowl designs. Available in various sizes and material options and in custom formats, the units are available in copper, stainless steel or hammered copper as well as in powder-coated versions in slate, walnut, terra or midnight. For details, click here.
Spray Feature for Splash Pads from Water Odyssey
Water Odyssey (San Marcos, TX) has released Mushroom Maze, a spray feature for splash pads that emits a crystal clear sheet of water spanning four to eight feet - a dome large enough for children to play inside. The stainless steel unit is three feet tall and has low-profile, rounded flanges that are easy on the feet and reduce toe-stubbing. For details, click here.
When homeowners or facility managers start looking for watershapers to help them realize their ambitions and dreams, where do they start? Some are lucky enough to have business contacts or friends who can refer them to reliable professionals. But these days, many start their searching on the Internet -- a great but indiscriminate resource filled with blind alleys, dead ends and sometimes unreliable information.
That's where the WaterShapes Professional Network comes in: By offering a credible, unified web presence in which numerous watershapers are able to convey uniformly formatted, comparable information in an easily navigated template, WPN gives consumers initial access to the marketplace in an easygoing environment that guides them comfortably and confidently through the earliest stages of a significant purchase decision.
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped: Time to click aboard?
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!