THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
September 16, 2020 www.watershapes.com
A Study in Contrasts, Part 1
WatershaperReid Schindlerwas asked to create side-by-side designs for neighboring business partners. The kicker, he says in the first of a pair of articles, was that the two projects were direct stylistic opposites.[more]
BENEATH THE SURFACE
Avoiding ‘shadowing’ in the shotcrete-placement process is crucial to the structural integrity of pool shells, notesDave Peterson. Here, he shares a detail that dodges the void creation that can lead to structural compromises. [more]
A Beautiful Wreck
Part of a team that recently completed an intricate splash pad on the shores of Washington’s scenic Puget Sound,Kent Walkerguides a tour of a design centered on a faux shipwreck — and its cargo of interactive features.[more]
Forms and Figures
Water and works of art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing seems to be generating new enthusiasm, says watershape designer/builderRandy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artworks on display in and around water. He takes a look at this emerging trend here, using a number of his recent projects in southern California to illustrate the point.
This article, originally published inWaterShapesin July 2008, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Exploring New Efficiency Rules
It might be the biggest change the pool industry has seen since passage of the Virginia Graeme Baker Act: The U.S. Dept. of Energy is banning most single-speed pumps and changing the way all of these devices are rated.[more]
Culture of Conflict
Will a flood of litigation compromise the watershaping industry’s reputation and/or success — and how might ‘alternative dispute resolution’ fit into the picture? Here’sEric Herman‘s take on both fronts. [more]
The discipline of landscape architecture is based on a single process, saysMike Farley, that can be applied to a variety of design types. Here’s how you can pick up this systematic approach without having to go to college. [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO . . .
Pools by Architects:Ten beautiful watershapes set high standards for creativity and integrated design. [more]
There’s a reason these designers are all renowned.
Beautiful Derelicts:Even abandoned swimming pools can be visually appealing, even if they’re a little gross.[more]
I guess it reallyisall in the eye of the beholder.
In a ground-breaking presentation, Watershape University’s Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop spread out over two intensive days of online instruction — and it may have been a first-ever event for the industry. To learn more, clickhere.
Bradford Offers Custom Waterfalls
Bradford Products(Leland, NC) offers its Bradford FX line of sheeting waterfalls. The units create continuous, unbroken sheets of water that cascade into a surrounding basin or pool and come in two formats — either fully enclosed and pressure driven or set up as a simple overflow system in which water fills an open trough before cascading. For details, clickhere.
Original Statuary from World of Bronze
World of Bronze(Las Vegas, NV) fabricates fountains and statuary made of solid bronze. Made using the lost-wax process, the cast products are initially finished to a multi-tone, antique patina with hand-applied highlights; these variations in color and intensity are then hand-rubbed to bring out details and textures in ways that recall classic works of art. For details, clickhere.