Public health continues to be one of the biggest global challenges. Lack of access to sanitation underpins the many domains of inequity around the world. This condition is exacerbated by climate change and population displacement. Issues of public health are not bound by the regular binaries by which we organise the world around us: the rural and urban, public and private, or rich and poor. It does not recognise political or national boundaries. The inequity of access to sanitation infrastructure has a bearing on the health of the planet. How can architecture and planning engage with this issue?
This exhibition is an attempt to represent the crisis of sanitation both globally and within India and Mumbai with the intent of propelling a rethinking of the issue. The problem of sanitation is broader than a need for more toilets; it includes diverse social, cultural, technological, economic and environmental factors.
Indian Cities Sanitation and Equity Text courtesy RMA Architects
The exhibition situates this ecology through four parts:
- Sanitation Inequity in the World
- The Ecology of Sanitation
- Sanitation Inequity in India and Mumbai
- Sanitation in Film
The central component of the installation represents a community toilet building in India. The area occupied by this installation would typically house 12 toilets in Mumbai and serve up to 17,401 people. The video projections in the installation depict the lived experiences of those residents of Mumbai who grapple with extremely limited access to sanitation infrastructure.
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