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Stunted Expectations

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Back in 2007, I helped a friend through part of the process of updating the exterior of his five-unit horseshoe of courtyard apartments.  I was mostly there for moral support as he reviewed drawings and sought feedback on features for the common space.

He had a vision – a small bowl fountain toward the back, a large

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Broadcast Merit

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Up until recently, I’d watched in frustration as watershaping failed to gain any significant traction on television.  Sure, pools and hot tubs and fountains and ponds have been featured components in more broadcast series than I can count, but what I’ve really wanted is a good show about watershapes, how they’re

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The Directory Is Back!

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I have the great pleasure of announcing that another major service for users of the WaterShapes.com web site is now fully up and running in streamlined digital form:  The WaterShapes Resource Directory, which we last published as a printed document in December 2010 and have been updating

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Rising Tides

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As I announced in the last WaterShapes World blog, this edition of the newsletter carries a new/old name:  WaterShapes.  It’s a proud title, and I’m happy to bring it back knowing we have so much more to accomplish.


Our mission isn’t much changed since we started out in

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What's in a Name?

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I was juggling the content of the newsletter you have before you the other day when something hit me:  When it first appeared in May 2010, it made perfect sense to call this digital entity “WaterShapes EXTRA” because that was what it was – a bonus package of information designed to

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  • Guest - Susan McCloskey

    I love the new direction for WaterShapes and your bold embrace of evolving technology. Way to go! And thanks!
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Springing Back

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The news media have landed a few blows to watershaping’s chin in recent weeks.

First there were stories about the fact that peeing in swimming pools is a really bad thing, basically because you shouldn’t breathe the gas that rises from the water as

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I have a couple things to point out about the newsletter surrounding this blog:

[  ] This edition includes the introductory text for – and a link to – the twenty-first and final video in Eric Triplett’s amazing “PondCraft 101” series.  

Eric originally prepared these videos as a means of letting interested consumers know

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Toddler Prep

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Every year at about this time, I survey my backyard and make certain everything is ready for summer – patio furniture, grill, deck, shade sails, misting system and, probably most important given our usual summer lifestyle, the pool and spa.

This year, however, my examination of the watershapes in particular

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All Lined Up

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It is with no small pleasure (and even more relief) that I can announce completion of the digitizing of WaterShapes magazine:  Every one of the articles and columns printed in the 131 issues we published between February 1999 and July 2011 are now all available online in .html format.

It has indeed been a monumental task – one that started early last

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Recent comments

  • Congratulations on completing the huge project of digitizing all of Watershape's articles and columns. Everyone in the industry should be grateful to have such easy access to a treasure trove of information and inspiration.
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A Triple Play

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This edition of WaterShapes EXTRA brings back some particularly warm memories for me – and a great sense of pride.  

[  ] For starters, there’s the Essential item about John Lautner by his close associate, Helena Arahuete.  “Organic Artistry” (click here) was thekind of feature we only dreamed about running when

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The Preservation Arts

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I’ve written quite a bit – and, I think, with passion – about the need to preserve and protect our cultural heritage as it relates to watershapes (click here, for one recent example).  There are plenty of grand public pools, classic fountains and even some architecturally significant residential watershapes that

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The Fullness of Time

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When WaterShapes first appeared in February 1999, those of us behind the magazine had some definite hopes about how things would play out in our declared marketplace.

[ ]  First was the hope that there really was an emergent

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Artful Engagement

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This edition of WaterShapes EXTRA carries a link to one of my all-time favorite WaterShapes articles:  “Living Art” by Philip di Giacomo and Mark Holden.

I remember how pleased Eric Herman was to land this particular story for our October 2004 issue.  He’d been after di Giacomo periodically for years, and we both looked on Phil’s willingness to develop an article as

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