Emergency shelters made from paper by Shigeru Ban at TED

Emergency shelters made from paper by Shigeru Ban at TED

Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose. Most people look at cardboard tubes and see something fit for the recycling bin. But architect Shigeru Ban turns them into beautiful buildings.

Emergency shelters made from paper by Shigeru Ban at TED

More about Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban’s architecture redefines aesthetics, space, structure and even the idea of permanence. In 1986, for the Alvar Aalto Exhibition near Tokyo, Ban experimented with constructing a building from long paper tubes, the kind found at textile factories. The tubes ended up being much stronger than he had imagined, and were easier to waterproof and fireproof than he had guessed. Ban created many experimental buildings in this vein — from the Japanese Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Germany, which was meant to be recycled upon demolition, and an office for himself and his students set atop the Pompidou Centre in Paris, where they worked for six years.

But Ban’s unusual designs have found another use — as emergency shelters for those who have lost their homes in disasters and wars. In 1994, Ban created shelters for refugees in Rwanda. The next year, after an earthquake in Japan, he rebuilt a local church out of paper tubes that became a local fixture for 10 years. His designs — both low-cost, and dignity-building — have housed those affected by disasters in Taiwan, China, Haiti, Turkey and Sri Lanka. He also helped develop a shelter system after the Japanese tsunami of 2011.

The founder of Shigeru Ban Architects, Ban has received many awards, including the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize. He currently teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 6

Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 6

The web series Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead concludes with episode 6. Jon, Apple, Jose, and Breezy pay a visit to Ken Jong Jr. What happens when they locate him? Will they do whatever it takes to exact justice for Mama Park’s Korean BBQ? Who will run the DMZ?

Previous episodes:
Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 1
Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 2
Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 3
Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 4
Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 5

Run DMZ with Dumbfoundead : Episode 6 (contains explicit language)

The Blue Line : Episode 2

The Blue Line : Episode 2

The webseries “The Blue Line” directed by Kevin Boston continues with episode 2 entitled “Method Addict”. Detectives Fitzgerald and Torres question a witness Chelsea regarding an Asian Triad enforcer’s murder. Meanwhile, Wesley Light who plays Detective Briggs has a unsuspecting admirer. When the cameras aren’t rolling, method acting has it’s perks.

Previous episodes:
The Blue Line : Episode 1

The Blue Line : Episode 2 (contain adult language)

More about The Blue Line
The Blue Line is a show within a show. It’s a sitcom about the behind the scenes of a TV Cop drama! If “The Office”, “30 Rock”, and “Entourage” have a child with “Southland” in BOSTON, you get The Blue Line.

#PinoyTime by Mikey Bustos

#PinoyTime by Mikey Bustos

Singer Mikey Bustos puts a Filipino twist on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”. Filipinos tend to work on what is called “Pilipino Time” or “Pinoy Time”. In other words, not being on time and being late about an hour. This video explains Pinoy Time and why Pinoy Time exists. Late, late, late… You can download the spoof FREE here.

Listen to more Mike Bustos : Opo Pinoy Style (Filipino Oppa Gangnam Style Parody), Psychic, Step, Evermore, Everytime My Heart Beats, One Song at a Time, I Promise, If It Feels Good Then We Should, and All I Need Is Me.

#PinoyTime by Mikey Bustos

Lyrics to #PinoyTime by Mikey Bustos

I’m a Pilipino
Late, late, late (x3)

If you think I’m always running late
And if you believe that I procrastinate
Maybe my watch is dead
Maybe the traffic’s bad
Maybe I’m on Pinoy Time…

I know the time is close
5 mins til my meeting
but I’m Pilipino
and I know if I’m rushing
I just might forget something
Might trip over something
It’s not like I’m gallavanting
10 mins late now making good time

I know you’re waiting,
You’re always waiting
But no complaining
It’s Pinoy time
Since you adore me
You’re waiting for me
Cuz the weather’s stormy

It’s Pinoy Time
If there’s a party
Don’t get there early
Cuz they’re still cooking
It’s Pinoy Time
It’s always better
To finally get there
Parang 1 hr later

Mikey why don’t you try arriving right on time.
You told me to meet you here at 7 o’clock PM sharp!

I took it easy, I’m not so speedy, had to brush my teeth e!

If you’re asking me why is it in my culture to not arrive on time,
Well it’s a simple answer: My Pilipino ancestors worked in agriculture
They used the time to wager what time it was, you estimate lang!
But ancient English had things to finsih on the King’s wishlist
It’s Pinoy Time
And if you took too long, say goodbye to your ulo, thank God I’m Pilipino!

It’s Pinoy Time
When I said seven, ! meant 11, my head got shaven
It’s Pinoy time
When my boss is galit, I get out of it
I just blame traffic!

One thing I ask you, do you think you’re better than me cuz you
came right at 2 when you said 2, I came at 3 cuz that’s how we do.
Pilipinos and Pinoy Time check it! I’m runnin’ behind and I’m pimpin’.
I’m better looking casual, and Pilipinos like to look fashionable and late!
Better late than never I say, if we say 7 it really means 8,
So heat the lechon later on na, don’t worry too much cuz it’s a potluck,
So I admit, I’m late. I’m runnin’ behind on my date.
If she really loves me then she can wait but if she’s Pinay she’ll know how to compensate, yeah!

Hurry up! So late!
I’m not late. I’m on time!

I like to twerk! So I’m gon’ twerk! Though I’m late for work! Hey!

Not a bad thing, and not always true, but if you’re asking me Pinoy Time is good.
It means no rushin’, and no more fussin’, it’s understandin’ that we Pinoys work on Pinoy Time.
It’s Pinoy Power being late 1 hour cuz we bought some flowers.
It’s Pinoy Time! So many reasons: We blame the season, Ryzza Mae Dizon,
It’s Pinoy Time! Baby, I love it. No push and shovin’, cuz I’m not rushin’ on Pinoy Time!
Bein’ late looks sexy. Don’t need to text me. I’m inside the taxi!

On my way na… I’m a Pilipino… Late, late, late…

Too Cool by I.A.

Too Cool by I.A.

Rapper I.A. released his music video for his single “Too Cool” of his Flyght 808 album. He teaches his son how to treat lady no matter what their situation is. Be cool like the flavors on your shaved ice. Chill Hawaiian flavors in effect. You can download the track on or amazon.

Listen to more I.A. : Girls Wanna Have Fun, Go The Distance, All I Ever Wanted, Bring It Back, The Long Ride Home, Too Hot, Killa Wit Da Beat, Boarding Pass mixtape, Take It There, Summertyme, Too Cool (Shave Ice), Loco Moco, Too Hot (lookin fly), and The Jump off.

Too Cool by I.A.