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2020/2.2, February 19 — Natural Persuasion, Working Wisdom, History’s Neighborhood and more
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2020/2.2, February 19 — Natural Persuasion, Working Wisdom, History’s Neighborhood and more


February 19, 2020

Split Personalities

There was definitely something familiar about this project: All of the principals involved knew each other well, notesKen Alperstein, and now they’d been asked to rework almost every detail of two golf courses on which they’ve all labored repeatedly for nearly a quarter century. [more]

Voices of Authority

In listing ten more guidepostsPaolo Benedettiwishes he’d known before he started his business, this entire second set is about knowing, following and being on the right side of the rules when it’s time to work with inspectors and the codes and standards they’re sworn to enforce. [more]


A Chance Encounter
As they walked through Philadelphia’s historic downtown district,Jim McCloskey‘s daughter led him into a grand, old building: It held not just one, but two huge surprises that salvaged what to that point hadn’t exactly been a great wintertime adventure in a watershape-rich city. [more]


Refreshing the Supply

In January 2008, southern California’s Orange County Water District unveiled its Groundwater Replenishment System, a treatment and reuse facility dedicated to producing water to resupply the county’s beleaguered groundwater reserves. A year later,Eric Hermantoured the facility, getting a behind-the-scenes look at a thought-provoking system that is setting new standards for water treatment, management and use.

This article, originally published inWaterShapesin April 2010, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.


A Stream Comes to Life

The ‘art’ of stream building is found mostly in the final stages of construction, saysRick Anderson. Here, in the last installment of his series on streamcrafting, he walks us through the concluding steps involved in transforming a raw installation into a finished masterpiece. [more]


Just Amazing

There’s even more major news from Watershape University: AsJim McCloskeyreports, 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’s home page! [more]


Glorious Synergy Dept.:Want to seeten buildings that owe their fame to their relationships with water? [more]

They’re great all alone, but water makes themmagical.

Tough Crowd Dept.: How would you like putting up with near-daily evaluations of your work on a web site? [more]

I guess it’s part of the joy of working at Disney World . . .


Global Watershaping
In his Currents column of February 2010,Mark Holdenfocused on the inevitability of a major trend that was then sweeping the watershaping industry. Is this phenomenon still so irresistible today? [more]

Solus Décor Offers Concrete Water Bowls
Solus Décor(New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada) manufactures waterfeatures that combine clean-edged metal scuppers with the look of hand-cast concrete bowls. Available with 26-, 36- and 48-inch diameters, the bowls include central ports for water connections and are intended for applications over pools, ponds or small, hidden catch basins. For details, clickhere.
Rico Rock Launches Poolside Climbing Wall
Rick Rock(Orlando, FL) offers a vertical rock-climbing wall for poolside mounting and use by bathers who can climb up, jump off and splash back into the pool. Made of reinforced, lightweight cast concrete with a structural steel frame, the kit’s components are molded from natural rock and stand nearly eight feet tall, ten feet wide and four feet deep. For details, clickhere.


Getting Ready
for a Great 2020
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 eyes 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 theWaterShapes 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!

TheNetworkis working just the way we’d hoped: Time toclickaboard?

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