'If you flush it, does it fly to the moon?' SF unveils 'spaceship' public toilets
Theyâre âsleek, shinyâ and âspaceship-like,â complete with eco-friendly planters and roof gardens. Also, theyâre public toilets.
San Francisco officials on Monday selected the look for future public toilets in the city from among three finalists in a design competition, reported The San Francisco Chronicle.
The design concept, by SmithGroupJJR, replaces the current forest-green, mock-Parisian art nouveau toilets deployed on city streets since the mid-1980s, according to the publication.
Described by the Chronicle as âsleek, shiny and modern,â the reflective metal toilets include a planter and a rooftop garden for shrubs, flowers or possibly even a tree. Ideally, the toilets also will recycle water, possibly to water the plants.
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The city, which has 25 public toilets and 114 public advertising kiosks, which also are part of the redesign, picked the design from among three finalists, repor ted The San Francisco Examiner.
Now SmithGroupJJR will work with the vendor who runs the toilets and kiosks to come up with a functional final design, according to the publication.
âSo if you flush it, does it fly to the moon?â asked the Examiner.
Dubbing the shiny new toilets âsp aceship-like,â SF Weekly said âour city infrastructure is finally catching up to our sleek, tech-centric aesthetic.â
The selection process for the design included input from more than 200 participants in an online survey along with design experts, arts commissioners, historical experts and public works staff, according to the publication.
âThe design blends sculpture with technology in a way that conceptually and literally reflects San Franciscoâs unique neighborhoods,â Bill Katz, a design principal at SmithGroupJJR, told SF Weekly.
In an earlier review of the design as one of the three finalists, The Bold Italic online magazine took a sharper tone, saying the futuristic toilets resemble âsuicide machinesâ found in some science fiction stories.
The publication also pointed out the toilets may be "nicer than many people's apartments" and said the city is "taking the 'flushing money down the toilet' euphemism to new heights."
âNevertheless, while youâre mulling over what the odd shaping is meant to evoke, you can relish in the images of the street trash and foot traffic the (toilet) reflects back toward you,â wrote The Bold Italic.
Astronauts are often asked 'How do you 'go' in space?' In this 2010 video posted on NASA's YouTube page, you can see the workings of a space toilet. McClatchySource: Google News US Science | Netizen 24 United States