Edwin Van Capelleveen Builds Communities with Balcony Structures
Edwin Van Capelleveen -- a recent product design graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, is seeking to motivate social interaction between neighbors via clever balcony structures. The system, which the emerging creative proposes, is modular and can be tacked onto existing frameworks. The idea for the alternative balcony structures features a staircase which can "connect apartments on various levels of a building" or simply bridge two that stand next to each other. Not only does this feature create more space, but it also does wonders in fostering an active community. For journalist Jane Jacobs, the heart of any urban environment lies in the interaction between people. With the digital having a systematic alienating effect, things like Edwin Van Capelleveen's connected balcony structures prove to be exceptionally valuable.