Public restrooms are but one example of how the design of everyday architectural spaces have been based on ergonomic standards derived from “normal” able-bodied white males based on problematic social assumptions about normalcy.
The Stalled! Blended Reality team has spent the past four weeks developing a new design approach, Diversity Design, that can be applied to public restrooms that takes into account the needs of a broad range of differently embodied people of different ages, genders, religions and disabilities. This process involved identifying a representative sample of user groups, researching the design consequences of their specific functional and psychological needs, and then finding common creative design solutions that can be shared between them. Working with this information, The Team has begun to apply this research to the design of a prototypical public restroom for an airport terminal whose design will be developed using Blended Realty as a design and representational tool.
In the process of generating design solutions geared to rest rooms, we will likely discover unanticipated design ideas that can be broadly applied to enhance the quality of life for all wide range of human bodies interacting in public space.