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Manila is one of the world’s most polluted cities, with air pollution levels above the safety standards set by the Clean Air Act. The need for more trees has never been greater. However, it takes more than ten years for one tree to become mature enough to clean the air. On top of that, there is virtually no more room in the city for trees to grow. Boysen, the Philippines’ leading paint brand, has a solution–KNOxOUT, a revolutionary smog-eating paint. KNOxOUT contains CristalACTiVTM photocatalytic technology that uses ultrafine titanium dioxide to absorb energy from light and destroy harmful nitrogen oxides in the air. One square meter of Boysen KNOxOUT painted surface cleans as much nitrogen oxide as one mature tree. These Squares Clean the Air Boysen and its creative agency, TBWA/SMP effectively turn walls into trees by using KNOxOUT to paint one-square-meter artworks along Manila’s busiest and most treeless highways.…

Boysen is a proponent of the environmental movement and has several green efforts. We invite you to join us by supporting Earth Hour 2018. What do you need to do? Just switch off your lights for an hour from 8:30 to 9:30 tomorrow night (March 24). At Boysen, we continue with the green efforts which we started years ago. For us it goes beyond just lights out for an hour each year. To quote one of our engineers, “Reducing our environmental impact is something that runs through the veins of this company.” Green Efforts by Boysen Serious initiatives were started several years ago to develop paint products that help save the environment and that address climate change. We also streamlined manufacturing processes to make them sustainable. Here are the Boysen green initiatives. Paint Innovations KNOxOUT Air Cleaning Paint To improve air quality especially in our cities, Boysen developed the first…

Built grandiosely in Italian Renaissance style in 1894, the Berlin Reichstag went up in smoke after being mysteriously burned in 1933.  It fell into ruins during World War II and was almost forgotten by history. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and it was decided a year after that the German capital will be transferred from Bonn to Berlin, it then became definite that the Reichstag building will be brought back to life.   It was the prestigious architectural firm of Sir Norman Foster,  Foster + Partners who was commissioned to do the renovation.  In 1999, the new Reichstag building was unveiled to the public. The building still retained its Classic architectural design but with a modern twist.  It is now topped with an ultra-modern Cupola (dome).  The Cupola is made of a metal dome and transparent glass. It has a sleek swirling walkway which offers an amazing 360 degree…

As environmental degradation becomes more alarming, sustainability should no longer be a trend but a need. Sustainability is a lifestyle which includes the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the things you buy, and the little habits in everyday life. We live in a world of rampant consumerism, and this is madness. Big businesses like to sell their products cheap, prompting people to buy more. Little  do we  know that these companies may use inexpensive, toxic materials and exploit cheap labor in order to bring down production costs. Even though there is an increasing awareness towards sustainability, there are still certain biases against sustainable materials. Some people believe that materials like recycled fabric and reclaimed wood are ugly or gross, and they would demand products that are made out of virgin materials. But thanks to new technologies and innovative artists, the tide is turning and sustainable design can be just as good, aesthetically…

Tapio Snellman’s movie on the Collage House in Dezeen  is a beautiful work of art in itself, and honors the work of architectural designer Jonathan Tuckey when he transformed a 19th-century steel fabricator’s London workshop into a home for his family. But it is not about Tapio Snellman the film maker that I want to write about, not even Tapio Snellman the architect. I want to write about Tapio the artist. I met Tapio in Manila in March 2012 when he was commissioned by Boysen to paint one of the large-scale artworks in the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Manila’s main arterial roadway and the focal point of the Boysen KNOxOut urban renewal initiative called Project: EDSA. Sitting across the table from me during dinner one night, Tapio talked about how he came up with the concept for the artwork he called Cubao Incision. Tapio’s Story about the Project The proposal…