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Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith

Principal, Helliwell + Smith • Blue Sky Architecture in West Vancouver

Blue Sky West Coast Modern

PRESENTED ON JUN 07, 2016
IN NANAIMO @ VOL 4

Based in West Vancouver since 1989, Bo Helliwell and Kim Smith from Blue Sky Architecture have built works in the Lower Mainland, the mountains, islands, and valleys of British Columbia, as well as national and international projects. First established in 1975 as Blue Sky Design on Hornby Island, they have evolved a design approach that is humane and works poetically and economically with site, local materials, climate and program.

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Places on the Coast You May Not Know, Places on the Coast Where You'll Want to Go

BY BARRY HAYNES
@ VOL 1 ON JAN 20, 2012

Photographer and kayaker, Barry Haynes, tests the residents of Gibsons on their knowledge of the Sunshine Coast in a fun, interactive presentation. Many of the areas in these images are accessible only by water.

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Island Sky

BY RICHARD GRODEN
@ VOL 15 ON APR 20, 2012

Richard Groden is one of the founders of Island Sky. In his presentation, he talks about its project to extract water from air and turn it into pure drinking water for areas where water is scarce or contaminated. Their goal is not just to produce drinkable water, but also to educate people on the important of sustainability in developing countries. (in English)
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What Happened to Hip Hop That Got Tupac and Big Shot

BY DAVID HAMMON
@ VOL 3 ON SEP 20, 2012

In his presentation, David Hammon (Joint Managing Director of Scenic World) walks you through the conspiracy that revolves around who killed Biggie and Tupac, a tale of East Coast vs. West Coast gangster rap. (in English)

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Ideas for Graphic Design Education in the Blue Mountains

BY XANDRO LOMBARDI
@ VOL 9 ON FEB 28, 2014

Xandro Lombardi discusses his role as a graphic design artist and educator. Australia is home to some of the world's top universities, but as Xandro points out, there is nothing between Sydney and Bathurst. Xandro proposes initiating a destination for graphic design education in the Blue Mountains, which would spark growth and cultural diversity. 

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The Grottoes of the Blue Mountains

BY HAYLEY WEST
@ VOL 11 ON FEB 06, 2015

Hayley West's interest is in fabulously grotesque concrete structures built in the 1930s-50s. Here she shares her passion for the Grottos of the Blue Mountains. Check out her other blog for some great photos - it's a work in progress: Blue Mountains Grotto Love.

http://bluemountainsgrottolove.blogspot.com.au

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Sky Pie: An Overlook Park for the Land of the Sky

BY TAMARA GRAHAM
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 09, 2015

Tamara Graham explores the possibilities of an overlook park for Asheville atop Beaucatcher Ridge.

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Central Coast Culture: A California Cocktail

BY HOLLI HARMON
@ VOL 15 ON NOV 04, 2015

Holli Harmon find herself to be a contrarian at times, so as a painter, the description of a “contemporary traditionalist” is fitting.  It reflects her effort to use imagery that is clearly current while honoring the tradition of painting.  Her narratives are told with characters and scenes that are ordinary in our modern world. Her paintings are material records of the places and people who have been significant to her in her personal experience. She can share this imagery honestly, because it is the one she knows.    She says, "These stories describe our experience as a human being. They are always found on the edge of our own personal borders of space and time."

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 Blue-Sky Painting

BY CLAUDE FRANCHETEAU
@ VOL 11 ON DEC 02, 2015

"I was lying on my back, near the river, my eyes staring into the deep blue of the sky. At the edge of my field of vision, I could see the rooves and chimneys of buildings, lost in the vastness and giving meaning to it. What I saw could be a way to paint."
Claude Francheteau paints contemporary and yet paradoxically classical skies.
With the help of modern acrylic paints and digital photography, depicting skies in the ancient way with a modern eye. A sincere kind of blue sky thinking." 
Claude Francheteau

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Fairyland - where in the Blue Mountains?

BY JENBELLE KRYPTONITE
@ VOL 20 ON MAY 20, 2017

How humans interact with Fairies in the forest, right here in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. Jenbelle Kryptonite knows just where to look.