HUBS Design Challenge: Public Loo’s
In our design review meetings we discuss a wide variety of topics and this week the UK team has been delving deep into the user experience of public toilets, or loo’s.
We thought this was a good opportunity to look into the subject from the multiple perspectives of our partner hubs and see if we can design a better solution.
It has been discussed on a variety of media channels weeks (see links below) and we are interested to see whether we can define the ideal way to provide this vital service, whilst addressing the needs for inclusion and safety.
It is clear that there is a real need to increase the numbers of accessible public loo’s; something that Caroline Criado-Perez talks about in her book Invisible Women. Women spend almost twice as long in the loo than men. And it’s also similar for anyone with a dependent child/adult or who has additional needs. There’s an American movement (excuse the pun) called potty parity, so clearly we need more loos!!
We think there is a long way to go to get a design that works with the shape of real people, that is suitable to existing infrastructure and the make the user experience more than satisfactory. But, before we can do that we need to know your thoughts and experiences – there is a much better solution, and we plan to set a summer design brief that we will showcase here on the OIP.
Please comment and join the discussion!