From Idea to Action
Most successful designers have a bit of show business in them. Whether you play the sophisticated artiste or radiate a quiet competence, it's all about making a connection with a client who is asking you to participate in a significant project, whatever your personality or approach. I've always wondered how those at the extremes of the personal-style spectrum find work, but the fact of the matter is that all of us, designers and clients alike, are individuals who respond in different ways to different triggers - and I know for a fact that the way I work isn't for everyone simply based on the fact that we don't win every contract we pursue. For all that, however, we at Lorax Design Group (Overland Park, Kans.) have developed our own pattern and have found that it works for us often enough to
2018/3.2, March 21 — Inspired Participation, Illuminated Motion, Missouri Magic and more
Broad Boundaries
'Not long ago,' wrote Brian Van Bower at the start of his Aqua Culture column for the November 2010 edition of WaterShapes, 'I was reminded in a big way of the importance of understanding the international nature of our industry.' 'It was July, and my Genesis 3 partners . . . and I were on the Gold Coast near Brisbane, Australia, presenting a program at the Splash! Conference - an experience that, once again, underscored the fact that
Hitting the Road
It's that time of year again:  I've started organizing the things I'll be bringing to Orlando for the 2014 International Pool|Spa|Patio Expo, and I'm getting close to hopping on the plane and fly to what I've long seen as an odd sort of family reunion. I haven't been to Orlando in quite a while, so I'm taking an extra day while I'm there to get out and about.  As I mentioned in a recent Travelogue, I plan on a return visit to
Good Chemistry
Water and cement-based materials interact in so many ways and on so many levels that it's tough to sort everything out.  From initial issues of hydration and curing to a range of longer-term, maintenance-related concerns, says chemistry expert Jeff Freeman, cementitious products in submerged environments react so distinctly to water's presence that it is indeed essential for watershapers to consider what's up when putting them together.  
Defining Roles
Before we dive into discussions of plantings or the various components of landscaping work, I think it's important to define roles and talk about relationships among the trades involved in watershaping projects - in other words, to take a basic look at who does what. We can all save time and money by knowing from the beginning of the job who is going to handle each phase and detail as well as who is qualified, trained or licensed to perform the various tasks needed to get the job done.  Planning this up front might even result in greater profits, and it definitely will make your job easier. I know it's the goal of this magazine to build a greater "watershaping community" where both landscape professionals and those who