San Francisco city officials unveiled a new self-cleaning toilet last week. Designed around reflect San Francisco estimates that the toilet stopped working within days of its first flush.
This latest malfunction in the Democrat-run city casts doubt not only on whether the designers achieved their goal of creating something as “indestructible as possible,” but also on the usefulness of the city’s construction of 24 toilets.
Immerse yourself in forward thinking
Touted Dubbed the “future of public toilets” by the San Francisco Chronicle, a so-called self-cleaning “amenipod” was recently installed on the edge of Embarcadero Plaza and opened to the public on November 23.
The Department of Public Works it says in a press release that the “next generation toilets will be greener, brighter and easier to keep clean.”
They can be easier to keep clean since humans cannot use them.
On Friday afternoon, the third day of public use, the futuristic-looking toilet collapsed.
According to that SFistthe toilet appears to have slipped during its self-cleaning cycle.
A supervisor allegedly said that the mechanized toilet was not returned to its sitting position after “a lady went in there”.
While Public Works claimed that the “toilet was out of service for about two hours during weekend business hours (9am to 5pm),” the SFist noted that it was not working on Friday afternoons, Saturday mornings, and Saturday afternoons.
reflect San Francisco
The toilet was designed by Detroit-based SmithGroup JRR, who won the contract in 2018.
Bill Katz, chief design officer at SmithGroup, explained that the toilet was designed to “figuratively and literally reflect the neighborhood in which it is located”.
“We also wanted it to tell a bigger story…about San Francisco’s design culture and forward-thinking,” added Katz.
Corresponding Public Works“SmithGroup’s design is forward-thinking, combining… environmental sustainability with modern technology and materials. This 21st century street furniture reflects our San Francisco values as we invest in a public space designed with dignity, inclusivity and beauty.”
The toilet’s architect, SmithGroup’s Tyler Krehlik, said the idea behind the toilet was “to make it as resilient as possible. … We spent a lot of (design) time trying to see something that was also technically simple and durable.”
cat said in a video uploaded to YouTube by San Francisco Public Works that “it’s not just a toilet, [the bathroom is] a sculpture standing out in the street.”
San Francisco residents in the city’s financial district may not always have a place to relieve themselves, but otherwise they might find relief in marveling at more modern art.
You get what you pay for
The toilet and other similar ones will be maintained by France-based advertising and street furniture company JCDecaux, which has also paid for the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of the human waste containers.
Francois Nion of JCDecaux said: “The agreement provides that we will provide the equipment, including ongoing maintenance and services, for the next many years. But in return we have the right to sell advertising at some kiosks in the city.”
KNTV reported that JCDecaux has had this agreement with the city for the past 25 years and recently renewed the deal by again securing the right to install 114 sidewalk advertising kiosks throughout downtown San Francisco.
In addition to the advertising kiosks and this failed reinstall, JCDecaux maintains 24 other restroom kiosks throughout San Francisco. Although the other kiosks are currently the recognizable green Art Nouveau toilets, they too will be swapped out for stainless steel amenipods.
Joe Kukura, who writes for SFist, recommended that “with this new ‘futuristic’ model that’s in the Fritz now, we might get what we paid for with these free public toilets.”
A Next Generation Public Toilet – Public Works TV Episode 71youtube
https://www.theblaze.com/news/futuristic-toilet-designed-to-tell-a-story-about-the-forward-thinking-of-san-francisco-broke-down A futuristic toilet meant to tell a story about “the forward thinking of San Francisco” collapsed just three days after the first flush