Public Washrooms Part I:
What do public washroom facilities look like in just, green and thoughtful cities? How do they work?
Access to public washrooms is a basic need. Yet, they haven't received the attention they deserve in our communities. Municipalities across Canada, including Vancouver, are developing washroom strategies and plans. In this session we envisioned what we can do in the future but also addressed the massive health impacts in communities such as the DTES right now.
We went beyond standard public washroom structures and considered innovative designs that aimed to be beautiful, functional, safe and accessible. Can these facilities serve broader community and cultural needs, and respond to wider societal concerns by incorporating green systems, new technology and non-defensive design features.
Public Washrooms Part II:
This design orientated session focused on portables, stand-alones and easily deployable facilities. The aim was to come up with inspired alternatives to the porta-potty using a user-based co-design process.
Part I Illustrators: Erick Villagomez, Sam Khany, Kristen Elkow, Derek Lee, Hema Ramnani, Athulya Pulimood, Pragya Sharma, Carolyn Donnelly
CityHive Facilitators: Christina Radvak, Max Serpa, Melvin Sedeora, Rowan Gentleman-Sylvester, Zahra Haq
Part I Listeners: Bruce Carscadden, Jordan Lypkie, Shirley Duong, Caitlin Jones, Betty Lepps
Part I Performance by: Veda Hille
Backgrounder: Shirley Duong was working on her Master of Architecture thesis project on the topic of public toilets and collaborated on this studio.
Part II Illustrators: Erick Villagomez, Sam Khany, Kristen Elkow, Derek Lee, Hema Ramnani, Pragya Sharma, Carolyn Donnelly
Part II Performance by: Miss Christie Lee
Derek Lee Timelapse Replay for User-Type: Person with a Disability Using a Wheelchair
Kristen Elkow Timelapse Replay for User-Type: Person Experiencing Houselesness