A Lesson From Social Distancing: Build Better Balconies • Discoverology

A Lesson From Social Distancing: Build Better Balconies

Architecture, Cities

Balconies symbolize new kinds of freedom — to embrace social isolation without feeling trapped, and to enjoy fresh air without worrying about breathing in the virus. A lack of private outdoor spaces in many cities is partly by design.

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