Can We Fill the Void Left by the Disappearance of the Public Toilet in Unique and Surprising Ways?
26 Jul 2022
Unscene Architecture, 2021
Public toilets are rapidly disappearing around the UK. Blighted by concerns over antisocial behaviour, or simply sold off by councils, there is a lack of access to clean, safe toilets in convenient locations, leading to inequality and social exclusion. To-i-let is an installation in the accessible toilet of the Building Centre. It is an example of how toilets within private institutions can be made publicly accessible for all to use. Through this, it asks how we can improve the provision of, and access to, inclusive facilities in order to create a network of publicly accessible toilets which allows everyone the freedom to explore public space.
Unscene Architecture was founded by Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese in 2019. It operates across disciplines and scales to reveal the unseen forces that shape our cities, working with local communities to give them greater agency over how they use and occupy their spaces. Providing a platform for research, curation, consultation and implementation, it aims to provoke a wider conversation about the city through action rather than just words.