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5 Smart Apartment Designs That Maximize Space

One of the key design solutions for a well-designed tiny apartment is multifunctional spaces. Assigning several functions to an area minimizes wasted space and maximizes every inch of space. Hiding unused components also declutters the area, making it appear larger than it looks. These are just some of the clever solutions designers implement to create beautiful and efficient interiors. Below are seven well-designed tiny apartments that will capture your interest.   1. 24 in 1 Transformer Apartment Designed by: Architect Gary Chang Area: 24 sqm / 258 sq. ft. The concept for the apartment is a time-based design that uses shared space one function at a time. Several movable walls hide everything out of sight, decluttering the space. Everything slides against the wall to open up center space. By layering several movable walls, the apartment has abundant storage space hidden within the wall. Shifting the center wall panel to the center allows access to the hidden bathtub, which also has a

Permeable Concrete a Solution to Flooding Problems in our Cities.

The rainy season is about to start, and with it comes flooding. Flooding is a significant problem in a lot of cities in the Philippines. Trash accumulation in the drainage system is one of the root causes of flooding. 

Another cause for flooding is the growing number of impervious layers in most cities. Most of the ground in developed areas is impervious materials. Runoff increases as we develop more areas of our environment. Lesser water infiltrates the soil.


The government has been implementing several measures to solve this problem despite its efforts to arrest this problem. Flooding continues to be a problem faced by most cities in the Philippines.
 
One solution the government can put in place is permeable concrete. Applying this to the city's road network will supplement the overburdened drainage. Porous concrete has been around since the 1800s. This technology has been used in several countries to complement their stormwater management. 


news article from GMA back in 2014 reported DPWH is implementing this technology in one of there projects. The project is a 22-year flood control project. If the project was successful, we could implement it in other cities with flooding problems. It will offer cities another flood control solution. Implementing this on our road will help solve flooding. It will also allow rainwater to recharge the underground water table.

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