Toilet Talks: Project launch event

Everybody is welcome to join us at:

Toilet Talks: a speaker event on bodies, identities & design

Monday 29th June, 1-5.30pm, Brooks Building, Birley Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University

To celebrate the launch of the ‘Around the Toilet’ project we are holding our first public event in Manchester: a half-day speaker event featuring key figures in the field of toilet research, as well as an exciting range of cross-disciplinary voices on the history, design and role of public toilets.

The event is free and open to all members of the public, but please sign up for a ticket here on our Eventbrite page. This page also tells you more about the location and accessibility.

Speakers will address questions, such as:

– What makes an accessible toilet?
– What can toilets tell us about social constructions of gender identity and disability?
– How have designers approached this most private of public spaces?
– What do the hidden histories of toilets in the city reveal?

List of speakers

Jo-Anne Bichard (Royal College of Art), ‘Extending Architectural Affordance or How to Spend a Penny’
Leo Care (University of Sheffield), ‘Around the Toilet: From Social Mess to Architectural Touchstone’
Barbara Penner (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL), ‘Redesigning for the User: Alexander Kira and the Ergonomic Bathroom’
Morag Rose (University of Sheffield and co-founder of the Loiterers Resistance Movement), ‘Are You Engaged? The Secret World of Manchester’s Toilets’
Clara Greed (Emerita Professor, University of Bristol), Closing Remarks and Discussant

More information about the event can be found here.


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