THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
August 19, 2020 www.watershapes.com
Splashing for All
Splash pads have jumped in popularity by bringing fun to a variety of public spaces. But there’s one key factor to keep in mind in their design and installation, writesChris Thomas, that helps these inviting, entertaining features serve the broadest possible spectrum of visitors. [more]
BENEATH THE SURFACE
With this edition of WaterShapes,Dave Petersonintroduces a new, ongoing series that will focus on plan schematics builders can use to improve, fine-tune and fortify their projects. He starts here with a simple way to eliminate visual insults to waterline tile and interior finishes.[more]
Raising the Floor
Movable pool floors have been around a long time, but perfecting and popularizing the concept has proved an elusive goal. Here,Diego Merkenbreakexplores the process of changing that situation — and making these projects more functional, reliable andcommon.[more]
A Window into Nature
Microsoft’s corporate campus near Seattle has been the birthplace of much of the world’s most significant consumer-electronics technology. When it came time to adorn the ultramodern facility with a watershape of it own, writesJon Mitovich, the scope and complexity of the system was intended to reflect the scale and grandeur of the world’s most famous software company — and to fill a circumscribed space as though it had been there from time immemorial.
This article, originally published inWaterShapesin February 2003, has been digitized for all readers. Clickhereto see the full text and enlarge the images to study the craftsmanship in detail.
Ask the Mastershas released a detailed, four-part series of podcasts profiling a stunning, challenging residential project in Scottsdale, Ariz., that includes multi-layered waterproofing, acrylic-panel installation, an all-tile finish — and an incredible level of on-site coordination.[more]
Trade Show Respite
It looks as though in-person, traditional trade shows won’t be happening for a while. But asEric Hermanpoints out, when these events do come back, they will likely do so with renewed vigor — and might even be accompanied by what could prove to be popular online versions as well. [more]
There’s a long tradition of pools being used in movies to great dramatic effect, but portrayals of the pool and spa industry itself are nearly non-existent. One exception, reportsJim McCloskey, can be found in the 1967 filmDon’t Make Waves, which features a comedic take on the glamorous life of a “pool tycoon.”[more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO . . .
Bird’s-Eye Pools:Photographer releases series of striking swimming pool photos that qualify as high art. [more]
Hockney has a rival with these aquatic dreamscapes.
Speaking of Hockney:Here’s whythis artist’s iconic paintings continue to inspire and provoke us.[more]
They are the crown jewels of the pools-as-art genre.
WatershapeUniversityis responding to the current health crisis with caution and optimism by offering both online programs as well as in-person events in the fall.
Whether you attend via a computer screen or in a physical classroom, the scheduled programs are designed to provide much-needed fundamental education. If you want to know more about what this means to you as a watershaper, clickhere.
THE SHOPPING CART
Hayward Manufactures Waterproof Remotes
Hayward Pool Products(Clemons, NC offers the programmable, fully rechargeable and completely waterproof AquaPod to take pool and spa control right into the water. Backlighted for nighttime use and engineered to float horizontally, the units enable users to turn up the heat, turn on the lights or activate waterfeatures with just a touch. For details, clickhere.
A&A Launches Line of Waterfeatures
A&A Manufacturing(Phoenix, AZ) produces LivingWaters fixtures that use six custom-configured jets to bring continuous, ever-changing dancing-water effects to pools, spas and other waterfeatures. The height-adjustable nozzles can retract flush with a watershape’s floor when not in use and can also be installed as stand-alone enhancements for backyards. For details, clickhere.