And Christian wants us to reconsider public inconveniences


‘A Public Inconvenience’ is the third in a series of workshops exploring in-between-ness in urban environments. We define in-between-ness as the places and times that are often on the periphery of everyday life – the journey to work or the time spent queuing in a shop.

Technologies designed for the city often try to abstract away from the inconvenient necessities which our bodies require; or, when they are designed explicitly for public toilets, the focus is on supporting the cultural values of hygiene and privacy. What do we miss by ignoring the fact that public toilets are also the site for a variety of social practices?

‘A Public Inconvenience’ will explore the experience and affect of public toilets in an urban environment, in this case Amsterdam. Through observation and engagement we will consider how public toilets are shaped by, and themselves shape, cultural practices, values, and attitudes. And further, how this essential part of the urban fabric contributes to the everyday experience we have of our cities.

Designers, architects, artists, computer and social scientists are invited to join us for an active investigation into the experience of public toilets in Amsterdam.

A Public Inconvenience is taking place at the Waag Society in Amsterdam this coming October (26 / 27). More information can be found at