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THE ESSENTIAL E-NEWSLETTER FOR WATERSHAPE DESIGNERS, ENGINEERS AND BUILDERS
        January 10, 2018                                                                                      www.watershapes.com  

THE NON-TOXIC POOL
Toxin-Free Choices

Wrapping up a series in which he's previously defined all of the reasons why he wants to offer his clients healthier pool water, John Cohen goes into great detail this time in describing possible system components -- then narrows things down to those he's now using in his projects.  [more] 
 
FEATURE ARTICLE
     
The Clean Slate  

If he ever had any doubts about the value of updating and maintaining his extensive portfolio, writes Kurt Kraisinger, this project -- and the fact the site had been stripped bare -- showed him the value of those images as his clients weighed possibilities and honed in on his ideas.   [more]

WHAT IS IT?

#28:  Channel Drain  
Minimizing design disruptions is a keen desire among watershapers these days.  That's why Mike Farley is happy to share this video -- and so enthusiastic about the channel drains that have come along to help him dodge the visual and physical intrusions of traditional drain covers.   [more] 

ESSENTIAL

Designs on Edge         

From standard coping and cantilevered decks to boulders and plants and rock veneers, watershapers are using an ever-broadening palette of edge treatments to accentuate and refine their designs.  In this photo-essay, veteran landscape architect Peter White illustrates the boundless possibilities that present themselves when it comes to setting up boundaries at water's edge.
 
This article, originally published in WaterShapes in February 1999, has been digitized for all readers.  Click here to see the full text and enlarge the images to study them in detail.
TRAVELOGUE
Timeless Impressions

Most people know Maya Lin for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., but watershapers in particular should become familiar with a range of her other works as well.  Here, William Hobbs travels the country in highlighting a few of her fascinating watershapes.   [more]

WATERSHAPES WORLD
A Toxin-Free Future

John Cohen's series on devising toxin-free pools has opened Jim McCloskey's eyes to the importance of thinking about pool/spa water in more healthful contexts -- and to exciting opportunities the comprehensive nature of the task opens for equipment suppliers and buyers.  [more]
WE BROWSE SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO . . .
'Tis the Season Dept.:  Winter's a great time for those who enjoy the delicate dynamics of frozen fountains.   [more]
This one, in New York's Bryant Park, is a frosty stunner. 

'Tis the Season Dept., Pt. 2:  
A broken pipe has awesomely awful results for a building in China.     [more] 
I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but it has a unique beauty! 

WATERSHAPES CLASSIC

Sustaining Quality      

Sustainability was mostly a novel subject among watershapers back in 2008 -- and Bruce Zaretsky, long an advocate of the approach by that time, jumped right in to tell his colleagues like it was (and still is).   [more] 
 
 
THE SHOPPING CART 
 
Oceanside Glasstile Publishes Catalog
 
Oceanside Glasstile (Carlsbad, CA) has released its Tile Specification Guide and Design Book -- a volume available in both printed and digital formats. After illustrating a range of applications (including pools and spas), the idea book becomes a comprehensive catalog of glass and stone tile products, most of them suitable for submerged applications. For details, click here.
 
Product Catalog Available from Ledge Lounger

Ledge Lounger (Houston, TX) has issued a catalog on its complete line of durable, comfortable, UV-resistant lounges designed for in-pool and poolside use. The 44-page booklet comes in both printed and digital formats and includes photographs of applications as well as color charts and dimensional suggestions for in-pool lounging areas. For details, click here.
 
WPN UPDATE

 

Shortening
the Distance
 
 
When homeowners or facility managers start looking for watershapers to help them realize their ambitions and dreams, where do they start?  Some are lucky enough to have business contacts or friends who can refer them to reliable professionals.  But these days, many start their searching on the Internet -- a great but indiscriminate resource filled with blind alleys, dead ends and sometimes unreliable information.
That's where the WaterShapes Professional Network comes in:  By offering a credible, unified web presence in which numerous watershapers are able to convey uniformly formatted, comparable information in an easily navigated template, WPN gives consumers initial access to the marketplace in an easygoing environment that guides them comfortably and confidently through the earliest stages of a significant purchase decision.
 
The Network is working just the way we'd hoped:  Time to click aboard? 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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