a public inconvenience


This workshop is about hands-on exploration, group discussion, and open-ended designing. We will be spending time on our feet, out in the wild, and actively brainstorming. No formal dress and no formal presentations!

As with our other workshops in this series (Why Wait? and Betwixt), the intention of 'A Public Inconvenience' is not to produce implementable designs for public toilets. Instead we prefer to make speculative and exploratory design scenarios that might act as future inspiration or critique for us as urban technology designers.

Our goal is to bring together a group of people around a common interest in 'in-between' spaces to support further investigation and collaboration on the topic. By focusing on the experience of public toilets we hope to extend designers thinking of urban lifestyles beyond current categorisations of space and activities.

Plan of Activities
The workshop will take place over one and a half days.

Attendees will gather on the first morning for an introduction to the workshop theme and organisers.

Participants will then divide into groups and head out into the city to explore, experience and observe public toilets in situ. Groups will investigate places and emotions that might be encountered in this context.

Groups will be asked to create, gather, collate, record or otherwise make tangible, the ideas generated by these concepts. Coming back together, they will present and discuss their findings.

The following day, the groups will assemble designs, critiques, models or other forms of commentaries on the relationship between technology and the situated experience of public toilets.

These visual speculations will form the tangible outcome of the workshop and will be integrated into this website outlining the main threads of discussion during the two days.

natural relief

Pictures via flickr