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Building Safe Toilet Design into Shared Urban Space

 

Gonville Place Public Conveniences

That’s the title of our paper presented at the recent World Toilet Summit in Hainan, China.   PHLUSH believes that public toilets should be as much a part of the streetscape as sidewalks and street lamps. But as public restroom advocates all over North America know, it’s an uphill battle. For many public officials the best public restroom is one that’s closed.  And with concerns about vandalism, prostitution and terrorism, local authorities are closing them up. We need facilities designed to give 21st century people privacy and safety in a public setting.  The highly gendered spaces of restrooms designed for the mid-20th century no longer work.  In our continuing research, we argue for unisex facilities which emerge from community design processes and embody Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). Lee Clifton of the International Code Council encouraged us to apply CPTED to public toilets.  Susan Mund introduced PHLUSH to transgender youth from a dozen universities.  They know what it is to be bullied and harassed in the men’s or the women’s rooms and are designing gender-neutral facilities on their campuses.  Elaine Scrase, an engineer on the staff of the World Toilet Organization, presented our paper in China with this slideshow overview, including photos of community-designed public toilets that meet PHLUSH Public Restroom Design Principles.


Is the Queen City ready to PHLUSH?

No matter one's position in life, the title of that old children's book applies: "Everyone Poops." From a manual laborer all the way to royalty, nature's call is one we all must answer - sometimes more urgently than others! That's why even The Queen City must admit that she's ready…

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PHLUSH is looking for volunteers!

Are you passionate about public sanitation, toilet access, and emergency preparedness? PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Human) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us make the world a better place to poop and pee. The need for public restrooms has never been greater due to the pandemic, rising…

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Public Restrooms and COVID-19: Guidelines for Reopening

June 29, 2020 The re-opening of the economy during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic depends on the successful re-opening of toilet facilities. Retail businesses, manufacturing firms, trade workshops, food-processing units, schools and universities, and government institutions must protect people from the SARS-CoV-2 virus. And they are in a position to support…

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