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by student Elde Siilbek
A balcony is a room in-between inside and outside worlds that offers a chance to have a private life in a public space. Some might say that a balcony is just a redundant space that provides air circulation, light, a place to dry your laundry, or it could just be a repository for old rusty patio furniture. However, the pandemic of 2020 has proven there is more value in balconies than just drying laundry. It is an area where you can feel the rhythm of the outside world, as opportunities to breathe fresh air and go outside are still unavailable in some places. Balconies have revealed themselves to be important spaces for connecting with neighbours, getting a sense of being outside, growing plants and people-watching. A balcony has become a place for contemplation, connection and cover.
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Traverso, V. (2020, April 10). Why do balconies inspire us?http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200409-the-history-of-balconies
Picture taken by the author in Malta, 2019.