The Privy Council

The Idea Our failure to guarantee that we have a place to relieve ourselves when the need arises seems trivial until you need one. Then you realize that, without a doubt, this is a much more important issue than is commonly realized. It is also a vivid example of the sharp differences in access to the necessities of life that exist among the members of our different classes and a powerful indictment of our current social and political system. If we can’t acknowledge the most indisputable of our commonalities, how can we ever confront and resolve the more complex and difficult challenges that confront us? A Plan: Governments are, as a rule, not interested in trying to provide these facilities to the public if they can help it. They are expensive to construct and maintain, possibly messy and frankly embarrassing. It is preferable to ignore the issue and leave the private sector to carry the burden. If you are well-heeled and well-dressed there are always plenty of places to find relief. If not, there are not. As the population ages, this has gone from a problem to a catastrophe and can not be allowed to continue as it is any…

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World Toilet Day

Friday, November 19, 2021. Valuing toilets “Who cares about toilets? 3.6 billion people do. Because they don’t have one that works properly.“ That is the starting point of this 2021 Campaign for World Toilet Day. The Observance celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation. When some people in a community do not have safe toilets, everyone’s health is threatened. Poor sanitation contaminates drinking-water sources, rivers, beaches and food crops, spreading deadly diseases among the wider population. Continue reading at UN World Toilet Day page. Photo by UN Water Project When some people in a community do not have safe toilets, everyone’s health is threatened. Poor sanitation contaminates drinking-water sources, rivers, beaches and food crops, spreading deadly diseases among the wider population.

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Tadao Ando

Tadao Ando creates a circular public toilet surrounded by cherry trees in Tokyo source: https://www.dezeen.com/2020/09/14/tadao-ando-toilet-tokyo-jingu-dori-park/ Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando has completed a circular toilet in a Tokyo park as his contribution to the Tokyo Toilet project. Built-in Jingu-Dori Park, the toilet was created as part of a scheme run by the non-profit Nippon Foundation to upgrade public facilities in the city’s downtown Shibuya district. The initiative has already been seen by toilets built by Ando’s fellow Japanese Pritzker Prize-winners Fumihiko Maki and Shigeru Ban. Tadao Ando has designed a toilet in Tokyo Surrounded by cherry trees in a small park around a five-minute walk from Shibuya Station, Ando derived the toilet’s shape from his desire to create a structure that enhanced the park. “I sought for this small architecture to exceed the boundaries of a public toilet to become a ‘place’ in the urban landscape that provides immense public value,” said Ando. “Using this clear and simple reasoning for the concept of this structure, I chose to utilize a circular floor plan with a spanning roof and engawa [Japanese porch].” The circular toilet block is surrounded by cherry trees The circular toilet block, which contains a male, female and accessible cubicle along with external sinks, is wrapped in a wall…

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Links to Some Ideas

To get you started American Restroom Association World Toilet Organization Photo source https://www.worldtoilet.org/rainbow-school-toilet/ Norway https://www.visitnorway.com/plan-your-trip/travel-tips-a-z/norwegian-scenic-routes/worlds-best-toilets/ The public toilets reopening in Cambridge city centre this weekend: https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/public-toilets-reopening-cambridge-city-18530499 Venice Italy https://europeforvisitors.com/venice/articles/public_toilets.htm Carry change for toilets, which often have turnstiles at the entrances. Public WCs of AMAV, the Venice sanitation authority, charge a mind-boggling €1,50 unless you have the Venice Connected pass. Larger museums (such as the Doge’s Palace) have attended restrooms with posted fees. In other museums and galleries, toilets are often free. Malaysia https://says.com/my/imho/please-stop-doing-these-in-public-toilets India https://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/swachh-bharat-condition-of-public-toilets-continues-to-be-dismal/1692405/ The Portland Loo