Looking for a great deal?
Get ALL THREE of our new thank-you gifts when you donate $120.
This is a limited time offer – so act soon!
For our Secretary of the Future series, we asked a bunch of experts what the public restrooms of the future might look like.
It’s a potentially awkward topic, but as we’ve seen this year, the humble bathroom is the source of much debate and our experts found a lot of room for improvement.
As we were plumbing for answers, we turned the question over to you: what do you want to see in future restrooms? We took all of your suggestions and artist Micah Bazant used them to create the Bathrooms of the Future. Check out the full illustration, along with your suggestions, below.
1. “If gender neutral bathrooms are going to become the standard (which makes sense), then we have to design a toilet that takes care of raising and lowering the seat without touching it. Perhaps a pedal on the floor similar to the mechanism to open a hands free garbage can.” – Lia Paradis
2. “Deeper restroom stalls, so we don’t have to straddle the bowl to open the door. Architects seem to allow for door clearance without thinking of the space occupied by a person standing between the toilet and the door.” – Lori Orme Raborg
3 and 4. “There is no door on the outside of the restroom (like school bathrooms) for safety and sanitary reasons … A lightboard that tells which restroom stalls are occupied or out-of-service (like in Taiwan trains) would also make bathrooms more efficient.” -Sarah Cotterman-Muffin
5. “More private stalls (making any kind of gender distinction irrelevant) and more communal sinks.” -Shelley Denison
6. “Could we please just make the stall doors without gaps? Is that so hard?” -Camille Parker Grow
7. “Footpedal spring-loaded valves to operate the sink — no more hand valves or those stupid electronic ones that either dont work so often or get stuck on!” -Christopher Maxwell
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.