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Jossie Ivanov
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Lotta's Fountain
SAN FRANCISCO Thousands of residents and tourists pass a gold-painted decorated
column perched on a traffic island at San Francisco’s intersection of Market
Street and Kearney every day. It looks completely boring. And judging by the empty
water bottles and...

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MIT Drinking Fountain Thesis Link
Last spring, I graduated from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning with a master's in City Planning. The subject of my master's thesis was, of course, drinking fountains, and their past and future as elements of public space.  You can read it here...

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MIT Drinking Fountain Thesis Link
Last spring, I graduated from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning with a master's in City Planning. The subject of my master's thesis was, of course, drinking fountains, and their past and future as elements of public space.  You can read it here...

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Dracena Quarry Park sand play fountain
I've written before about how health department requirements to attach drinking fountains to sanitary sewer lines adds unnecessary cost and water waste to a drinking fountain. At this lovely park in Piedmont, California, though,  the water drains right into...

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MIT Drinking Fountain Thesis Link
Last spring, I graduated from MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning with a master's in City Planning. The subject of my master's thesis was, of course, drinking fountains, and their past and future as elements of public space.  You can read it here...

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Fresh Pond "Water for All" Fountain
One of my favorite drinking fountains is along the walking path at Cambridge, MA's Fresh Pond. Fresh Pond is the water source for the city, and two decorative drinking fountains were commissioned by the Cambridge Arts Council and completed in 2013. These fo...

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Fire Hydrant Fountains
Traveling in Vienna last month, I saw drinking fountains all over the city. Some of the most interesting ones were attached right on top of fire hydrants. I couldn't tell whether the drinking fountains were added recently to existing fire hydrants, or if th...

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Set of Paris Fountains
I spotted this cute pair of drinking fountains in Paris's Jardin des Plantes, just outside of the zoo. The slots of the ground drains emphasize the radiality of the fountains, and they sort of seem to be served up on silver platters.  I like how they have b...

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Hawaiian Beach Fountain
Here's a cheap and simple drinking fountain spotted at a beach in Maui. Using the simplest drinking fountain fixtures and local volcanic stones, it also has nice little steps for kids. The best part about this fountain are the orchids growing on it - some w...
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