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As our magazine cover proclaims, this issue is all about dreams — big dreams. And this year, designers really delivered. Our pages are packed full of aquatics facilities that push the boundaries of
traditional design; incorporate innovative, energy-saving ideas and technologies; and mesh with the landscape in beautiful ways. In short, these are the facilities that make us think of tomorrow.
Tomorrow is what this special summer issue has
always been about. After all, what else are dreams except ideas
that lead us to a better tomorrow, a brighter future? Based on
these projects, that future promises to be a bright one for
Despite the sputtering economy of the past several
years, there’s no shortage of high-tech products, and
high-end touches. In fact, architects submitted so many Dream
Designs, we couldn’t fit them all into the magazine. About
half of the projects exist exclusively online. Whether you view
them in print or on our Web site, you’re sure to find ideas,
concepts and products — check out our new supplier lists!
— that will help lead your facility to a better tomorrow.
It’s in this spirit that Aquatics
International is debuting new online offerings that represent the
cutting edge of publishing technology. Anyone with a computer or
cell phone knows that the way we get information is rapidly
shifting to the Web. For many of us, it’s simply a more
efficient way to get what we need. Online tools such as RSS (real
simple syndication) have made it fast and easy to comb multiple
sites. Offerings such as blogs (now a regular and growing feature
on aqaticsintl.com) have changed the media paradigm from a
centralized delivery system to a more grass-roots, personal
Here at Aquatics International, we’re
stepping into the magazine world of tomorrow in a bold new way,
beginning with this issue. The first change you may notice is an
online table of contents on page 6. Check this page in every issue
for exclusive features and tools you can access online, including
expanded news coverage and expert bloggers. We’ve also begun
a monthly e-newsletter called AI Extra, which offers aquatic book
reviews and a partnership with Amazon.com that makes it easy to buy
books that interest you. AI Extra also comes with a handy monthly
calendar with links to events so you can quickly get more
information about the offerings. As part of our new online focus,
we’ll be using “GET MORE” boxes throughout the
magazine. These are a heads-up for related online exclusives.
That’s just the beginning.
In coming months, we’ll start offering
something many of you (including myself) have dreamed about for
years: an online database of articles. We’re also in the
planning stages of creating online “suites” of articles
that operators can access on a particular subject such as crypto.
As investment in the Web grows, such offerings will expand with
Does that mean the magazine is going away?
Absolutely not! What it does mean is that readers will have new
options and tools available to get the kind of information
they’ve always relied on from Aquatics International, the
kind that keeps them thinking about better