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  • 05.26.10

Proposed Indian Toilet Park Has a Whiff of Community

In Delwara, an odd mix of public and private business

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The New Delhi firm Vir.Mueller Architects has some curious plans for a poor Indian town in desperate need of a
public loo and a community center: They’re doing both. As in, “Grab
your picnic baskets, we’re headed to the crapper!”

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We shouldn’t mock. Responding to a complete lack of sanitary restrooms in
Delwara–a village just outside the palace city Udaipur–Vir.Mueller proposed a “design strategy focused on creating a community
space around the toilet facility.” So the latrines are hard by both a
toiletries store and an orchard. The latter is fertilized by (you
guessed it) human waste and serves “as a gathering place for village
meetings.”

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 The toilets are dry-composting, so they’re gentle on
the environment, and they meet a pressing public-health imperative, especially for
women. (Apparently women have to rise at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. to wash and
use the potty if they want any privacy.)

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About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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