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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 apublic loo and a community center: They’re doing both. As in, “Grabyour picnic baskets, we’re headed to the crapper!”

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

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

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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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