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  • The Springboard in the Pond: An Intimate History of the Swimming Poo

    In the introduction, author Thomas A.P. van Leeuwen, Professor of Architectural History and Criticism at the University of Leyden in the Netherlands, begins: "The Springboard in the Pond is a reflective history of the origin and the evolution of the priva

  • Golden Moments

    More than 211 million Americans tuned in to watch the Beijing Olympics, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history, according to Nielsen Media Research. In case you missed the action, here’s a recap of what happened, and a glimpse at prep

  • Finding Balance

    Imagine London, circa 1950

  • Design Evolution

    Over the past two decades, many rectangular neighborhood pools that were state-of-the-art in the 1950s and ?60s became the ?dinosaurs of the industry.

  • Leisure Pools

    If you were to have asked someone to describe a pool 20 years ago, they’d probably have drawn something rectangular with six or eight lanes for swimming.

  • The Original Million Dollar Mermaid:The Annette Kellerman Story

    The modern world of Aquatics has produced some incredible personalities during the past 125+ years.

  • The Great Swim

    During the summer of 1926, journalists from America and Europe focused their readers' attention on who would become the first woman to swim the English Channel.

  • Off the Deep End

    In evolution, animals migrated from the water to land. In team sports, the opposite appears to be happening.

  • Surfing USA

    The Beach Boys had the concept in the 1960s: If everybody had an ocean, everybody would be surfing.

  • Questionable Values

    Not so long ago, the ability to swim was considered a valuable skill in America, so valuable, you couldn’t graduate from many colleges without it