Toilets: The Weird History & What’s Coming Next

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How often do you think about your toilet or toilet room? I’m guessing not too often…unless there’s a problem. It’s true that not much has evolved in the last 100 years or so. But, architecturally, the devices and spaces for expelling bodily waste has a fascinating history that corresponds with a host of factors including changing technologies, understanding of the human body, and cultural customs. This video explores the history and future of the toilet and its attendant rooms. What’s next for this utilitarian object?

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Architecture with Stewart is a YouTube journey exploring architecture’s deep and enduring stories in all their bewildering glory. Weekly videos and occasional live events breakdown a wide range of topics related to the built environment in order to increase their general understanding and advocate their importance in shaping the world we inhabit.

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Stewart Hicks is an architectural design educator that leads studios and lecture courses as an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as an Associate Dean in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts and is the co-founder of the practice Design With Company. His work has earned awards such as the Architecture Record Design Vanguard Award or the Young Architect’s Forum Award and has been featured in exhibitions such as the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Design Miami, as well as at the V&A Museum and Tate Modern in London. His writings can be found in the co-authored book Misguided Tactics for Propriety Calibration, published with the Graham Foundation, as well as essays in MONU magazine, the AIA Journal Manifest, Log, bracket, and the guest-edited issue of MAS Context on the topic of character architecture.

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