As a fundamental necessity to any metropolis, the requirement for public washrooms increases as density and tourism considerations grow. Like clean water, basic sanitation is a human right and Winnipeg this summer is host city to a test project of a very unique design addressing just these issues. The Winnipeg Pop-Up Toilet, located in central downtown Winnipeg is a quirky building offering fully accessible facilities as well as an attendant on site maintaining the washroom facilities while selling t-shirts, water and newspapers. The attendants are at-risk youths from a local mission who are paid for the hours worked.
It is a concept whose time is long overdue, and every Canadian city should be considering a solution similar to this one. Read more about this ingenious design and the people behind it here