Building pools and other watershapes to reduce their energy or chemical usage while also taking advantage of rainwater or recycled construction materials isn’t rocket science, notes watershaper Jamie Ori. But it does require thinking differently about the fundamental nature of watershapes as they relate to environment – and even more so, about how you approach clients when it comes to addressing their increasingly ‘green’ inclinations.
Approaching the renovation of an historic fountain set over an existing, untouchable structure is daunting enough. But it gets tougher, write J. Wickham Zimmerman and Chris Roy, when the original documentation is sketchy and you have no choice but to figure out how to proceed.
Puzzled by its bad reputation among his clients, Mike Gannon undertook a study of gravel. He'd alsway believed in its abilities, he says, but found a rich history that now aids in him in easing his client's doubts.
It's not how he usually works, notes Ben Lasseter. But on this occasion, the opportunity to bring someone else's exceptional design to fruition made taking a secondary role the right move -- even with the awkward scheduling, unusual access issues and a few tricky alignments.
It was a fairly straightforward consultation that became much more fun, writes Paolo Benedetti, as he made a few corrections, offered a few suggestions and found a fellow traveler on the road to visual perfection.
Challenged to develop a sculpture that would make a strong statement about the commissioning company’s expertise in engineering and motion-control technology, Michael Batchelor and Andrey Bererzowsky of Montreal’s SWON Design delivered a work of subtle beauty to an otherwise stark architectural context. Here’s a close look at the resulting medley of textured glass, sheeting water, gleaming steel and arcing jets, all set within curving ponds.
At a time when droughts seem to be aligning with increasing populations to ratchet up the pressure on our supplies of fresh water, the concept of using ponds and streams to capture and store rainwater is one whose time may well have come. Here, Aquascape’s Ed Beaulieu describes the installation of a prototype rainwater-harvesting system in a backyard in drought-plagued Georgia, where fresh water has recently become a precious commodity.
Don't get him started: The lack of plant literacy, wrote Bruce Zaretsky in his On the Level column for September 2009, is a major deficit among professionals in a key segment of a supposedly 'green' industry.
Walking into a compact space in Petaluma, Calif., called Theater Square, Jim McCloskey found himself literally face to face with the town's citizenry -- a wonderful experience that will enhance any watershaper's trip to Sonoma County's wine district.
Mike Farley reviews Portfolio Design by professor of design Harold Linton. ‘For anyone looking to make design work for watershapes a paying part of the business, I can’t offer a strong enough recommendation for this book. How we represent ourselves and our work is simply too important to be left to chance!’ Farley writes.
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A flurry of activity in and around the Genesis organization has Jim McCloskey's full attention these days. Here's his early take on what he's observed and the nature of what's being accomplished -- as well as some thoughts on what it all might mean for the future of watershaping.