Up to 20 participants will be selected to explore the experience of public toilets in Amsterdam.
To be considered for participation, researchers and practitioners are invited to send us a compelling public toilet story (see The Stories for inspiration), an optional toilet photograph, a brief biography, and a short rationale outlining your interest in the workshop. This document should not exceed two pages.
Possible themes and questions that will be explored during the workshop include:
Personal Interaction / Site of Communication
- How do people respond to, and interact with, people they encounter in public toilets?
- How is this different in male and female toilets?
- When are toilet attendants present and how do people respond to their presence?
- What kinds of asynchronous and synchronous communication can be found in public toilets?
- How does the use of personal mobile technologies (e.g. mobile phones) affect both those people locally present and those remotely connected?
Public Place / Private Practice
- Public toilets are often gender specific spaces. How do men and women use them differently?
- What can't you do in a public toilet that you can do in your bathroom at home?
- What do you bring into a public toilet that you would never bring into your bathroom at home?
- How is a balance can be achieved between privacy for occupants and publicity of location?
Toilets in Context
- How do location and time affect the experience of a public toilet?
- How have public toilets have been re-appropriated?
- How does the spatial organisation of a public toilet affect and reflect the experience of the place it is situated in?
- What kinds of technologies in toilets can we recognize as culturally specific?
- Why would a toilet want a blog?
- What makes a public toilet "good"?
- How do toilet vending machines reflect social and cultural values?
- What isn't socially acceptable to bring into a toilet?