“Photography is an inseparable part of my architecture practice,” explains Oleksandr. “I work with exhibition design and I’ve noticed that these simple non-architectural parts influence my work and help me find simple and working solutions,” he concludes. Focusing on the aliveness of architecture at the hands of people’s needs, who redesign and repurpose elements according to what’s best of them, the Ukrainian architect and photographer has been documenting DIY balconies for several years. The result is a beautiful photo book compiling some of the most interesting, bizarre, beautiful and representative balconies he’s encountered across the country. Today, we speak with Oleksandr to reflect on the importance of DIY culture and how balconies have gained importance during the quarantine.