THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
July 8, 2020 www.watershapes.com
Demise of the Water Hazard
Through the past 15 years, golf-course designs have embraced a distinctly minimalist approach. It’s a response, writesKen Alperstein, to the fact that the number of courses being built has shrunk dramatically — and that attitudes about water use are changing profoundly.[more]
A Perfect Coda
The conclusion of the pond installation process offers moments to create lasting client impressions. AsDave Gartonpoints in this final entry in his series on client relations, it’s a critical juncture where all of the physical work and management of expectations come together. [more]
Rising High: Part 1
When you work high above the ground, you have to see things from different angles, say high-rise specialistsMarkandZachary Trapani. The rigors and complexity of working with elevated watershape installations requires careful investigation and problem solving at every turn.[more]
A Classic Crescendo
For most of a four-year stretch, landscape architect/contractor/watershaperMark Holdendevoted much of his professional energy to the creation of magnificent settings for Cima del Mundo, a grand estate high in the hills of Montecito, Calif. In two previous articles, he wrote about the nuts and bolts of the multi-phase project. Here, he steps back and offers a pictorial celebration to mark its completion.
This article, originally published inWaterShapesin July 2002, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Forms and Figures
Water and art have been near-constant companions for millennia, but that traditional pairing seems to be generating new enthusiasm, saysRandy Beard, with more and more property owners seeking to make unique statements by putting artwork on display in and around water. [more]
Remembering an Icon
When industry legend Howard Arneson passed away in June at age 99, he left behind a legacy of innovation that fueled industry growth in the mid-20th Century. Here,Eric Hermanhonors Arneson’s contributions with the help of two industry leaders who knew him well. [more]
Just a Simple Pool
When you live in the blistering heat of the desert, a pool rises above its common status as a luxury, transformed instead into an absolute necessity. As Eric Herman has recently rediscovered, that ‘upgrade’ can happen with even the simplest of pools because, ultimately, it’s thewaterthat delivers the benefits rather than the tile, plaster, equipment pad or coping. [more]
Watershape University’s sequence of Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays continues to provide useful and engaging information every Hump Day afternoon.
If you haven’t been able to sit in on these sessions, or missed some along the way, clickhereto learn more and catch up!
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO . . .
Interior Magic:Artificial rock isn’t just for use outdoors, as this survey of indoor looks clearly reveals. [more]
A new decorative touch for pool houses and outbuildings?
Aquatic Architecture:These ten examples offer all comers a spectrum of dazzling design possibilities.[more]
Pushing the frontiers of architectural pool and pond design.
THE SHOPPING CART
Aquatica USA Provides Outdoor Showers
Aquatica USA(Miami, Fla.) has introduced Aquatica Gamma 515, a freestanding outdoor shower made of 316L stainless steel. Designed for cold-water rinsing, the unit features push-tap operation that delivers 20 to 25 seconds of cold water and then shuts off automatically. A hot-water mixing system is also available as an option. For details, clickhere.
Landscape Forms Makes Seating Systems
Landscape Forms(Kalamazoo, Mich.) has created the Link seating system – a line of modular outdoor furnishings intended to provide the convenience of an off-the-shelf product with the style of customized site furnishings. The wood slats allow for straight, mitered, arced or serpentine arrangements to suit the needs of almost any setting. For details, clickhere.