Now those interested in design, are perhaps quite familiar with this. In fact, it's quite self-explanatory in the name but let's just break it down:
-Maximising space and storage possibilities or giving the illusion of space (especially in small spaces)
-Using local, up-cycled materials, which are either bio-degradable or use little space if it were to be disposed in landfill
-Decreasing the use of energy within the space through natural lighting, cross-ventillating, insulation, double-glazed windows and flooring that can absorb heat (such as cork)
-Minimising your use of materials whilst still keeping adequate privacy and acoustics within the space
That's not all of it, but they're some of the main points. Now I'm focusing mostly on the interior design side of it, however the architectural side of it is also very interesting. The other week I saw a fantastic program on television, "World's Greenest Homes" which really opened up my eyes to so many design possibilities and career paths in terms of design, it focused mostly on the architecture behind the houses or apartments, however it did involve a discussion on the aspects of the interior design and decor.
I saw a few videos on youtube regarding space saving and eco design, and all of them were really innovative, creative and to put it bluntly, just beautiful. The first focused on constraining 6 rooms into 420 square feet. The second was trying to be practical with its use of surfaces and the third was exploring eco-friendly ways of sourcing furniture, materials and energy. I could go on for a while about each of them, but you know what they say:
A picture's worth a thousand words.
Apartment #1 video link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1PNDuv6kvY
Only room in entire apartment (living, kitchen, dining, study and bedroom in one) - Bathroom separate