15 Jul '11, 2pm

My latest in the History of the Bathroom, Alexander Kira and designing for people, not plumbing.

My latest in the History of the Bathroom, Alexander Kira and designing for people, not plumbing.

The History of the Bathroom Part 5: Alexander Kira and Designing For People, Not Plumbing Images credit Alexander Kira, the Bathroom Book Have a look at your sink after you brush your teeth or shave. There is stuff all over it that you have to clean up. You can't wash your hair in it. Alexander Kira of Cornell University looked at the bathroom sink, and toilet and tub, in the early sixties and was appalled. He wrote: Architects and builders - who actually are the purchasers and who actually are responsible for the design of our bathrooms - must begin to think of hygiene facilities as an important part of the home and as an important aspect of our daily lives rather than as a necessary evil to be accommodated according to the dictates of some obsolete handbook or drawing template in whatever space is left over with whatever part of the budget is minimally required to meet l...

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In 1940, Buckminster Fuller receieved Patent 2220482 for a prefabricated bathroom. Fuller wrote in his claim: Attempts hav...