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In recent years, with the accelerated urban development of public spaces in China, public washrooms have been assigned numerous new roles. Designers have come up with a variety of proposals which suggest turning public washrooms into a place where social gathering can be redefined, and temporary stay can be more engaging. Although the scale of public washrooms is significantly smaller than that of any other type of architecture, Chinese architects have been working innovatively on fitting the public washrooms into the changing social contexts. Below are a few examples that demonstrate some current architectural experiments with public washroom design in China. Embracing Social Inclusion and Gender Equality PP Garden, designed by People’s Architecture Office, is a renovation project in Beijing that aims to turn an originally narrow nasty office building toilet into a gender-neutral space for improved casual conversation, and fairer allocation between men's and women's wait times. View more View full description
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